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News for the Week of October 26, 2014...

Dear Middle School Families,

In my ninth year as a member of the Parker community, I continue to be surprised by all that our students and faculty accomplish. This weekend Parker hosted Battle at the Border. Twenty-nine robotics teams from near and far gathered on Hillgren Court to compete. It was a sight to

10/25/14 - 1behold!  In addition to Hillgren Court, our Middle School Gym and even the Cafe held additional robotics competitions - Parker innovation and ingenuity was everywhere. Kudos to all of our competitors, and many thanks to the faculty and families who support them.

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In addition to innovation and ingenuity in the co-curricular realm, Middle School students are busy tackling a Design Thinking Challenge that asks them to consider how we might improve parking at Parker. Students are being asked to consider everything from traffic patterns, construction cost, and environmental impact.

Design Thinking Project in Mr. V's class...can out students design our much needed parking structure? I think the answer is YES!

Finally, please make time to attend the latest show in the Rose Gallery. As you know, many Parker faculty are practicing artists. Currently, a member of our technology department, Lyford Rome, and his spouse Joanne Dramko are featured in the gallery.

While the installation is complete and you are certainly invited to experience it during the school day, an opening reception is planned for Saturday, November 1, from 6 to 9 p.m. All are welcome.

synthesis exhibit.jpgThank you for checking out all we do here “in the Middle.”

Smiles,

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Upcoming Dates...

10/29/14 - 7th Grade Community Awareness Day - Students will be travelling off campus

10/30/14  - Middle School Halloween Parade and Celebration

10/30/14  - Lancer Orchestra Presents a Halloween “Spooktacular”

11/4/14 -  Middle School Book Fair Opens

11/4/14 -  Concert Evening for several of our music programs

Halloween Parade and Party...

The Middle School Halloween celebration will take place on Thursday, October 30. Students are invited to come to school in costume, but are asked to observe free dress guidelines in the Middle School Handbook. Please leave any weapons at home. Friday, October 31 will be a free dress day, to allow students to express their Halloween spirit.

Discovery Week 2015 Information…

Thank you to everyone who has turned in the required Discovery Week forms or who is working on getting them in by the deadline of November 3.

PLEASE do NOT pay any money to the companies directly. The school has already paid down payments for all students and will be billing families in the next month.

If any family wants the additional insurance through ACIS or Prometour, please indicate that on the registration form and they will be billed the additional cost.

Please contact your trip leader or Christi Cole with any questions.

Community Awareness Day…

On Wednesday, October 29, 7th grade students will be headed to various locations in San Diego for Community Awareness field trips. We are asking students to come to school dressed in their navy blue Class of 2020 t-shirt, close-toed shoes, and other appropriate clothing for the day. Students are also asked to bring a water bottle. Students who are participating in outdoor activities should also bring sunscreen and a hat. Community Awareness Site Descriptions

Halloween Cake Contest at the Lower School…

Calling All Bakers!  We are having the Lower School Halloween Cake Contest again this year and would love to have your Middle School student participate!  The only rules are: (1) All cakes must be prepared and decorated by students only!  and, (2) EVERYTHING on the cake must be EDIBLE including ALL decorations and any structural support.  Please have your child print their cake tag at www.Lxt9.com/Cake , affix it to the cake, and have their cake dropped off at the Lower School gate between 7:15 and 8:45 on Oct. 31st.  So, please mention our Halloween Cake Contest to your Middle School student bakers, so we can make it the best Cake Contest ever!!  If you have any questions or concerns (including nut or allergy free), please contact Kristin Zeko at: kristinzeko@cox.net or Alexander Thomas at: Lxt9@Lxt9.com and visit our link: http://www.lxt9.com/2014HalloweenFlyer.pdf for all the details!

Free Yoga Classes for Middle School Students....

On Monday, October 27, a free demonstration yoga class will be offered to Middle School students. More information is available in the flyer: find it here

Water Bottles...

In an effort to be green, and to cut down on the number of cups laying around campus, we are asking students to bring water bottles to school. Students can fill their bottles at several water fountains around campus and also in the cafe during lunch.

Ellis Island Volunteers...

We are looking for eighth grade parent volunteers for an Ellis Island simulation from 7:30 to 10 am on Friday, November 21. The annual simulation is a part of our interdisciplinary family history curriculum. If you are a foreign language speaker, a medical, legal, or psychiatric professional, or an enthusiastic volunteer, we want you! We are also looking for family members who would be willing to share their immigration story with the eighth grade class. Please indicate your availability to help by filling out this form: Ellis Island Volunteer Form

Thank you in advance for making the Ellis Island experience come alive for the Class of 2019.

Food Drive…

As part of a hunger theme in the Middle School this year, students are participating in a food drive to benefit Feeding America. Commonly requested items include peanut butter (no glass, please) and canned tuna or chicken. Seventh grade students will bring items collected during the food drive to Feeding America on their October 29 Community Service Day.

The Middle School Scholastic Book Fair is almost here!...

The Middle School ASB will host the Fall Scholastic Book Fair, Tuesday, November 4th, through Friday, November 7th, in the Middle School Commons.

Parent Volunteers please click on this link sign up sheet or contact Katy Philyaw at philyawkt@gmail.com

November 4th-6th (7:30a.m.-3:00p.m.)

November 7th (7:30-8:00a.m.)

Middle School Commons

Pre-Authorization Book Fair Billing Form

English Department Materials...

Middle School students have each been provided with a collection of short story study materials collected, bound and copyright cleared for us by University Readers. The copyright fees in particular bring some costs to this reader. Please complete the billing form emailed this past week and have your child return it to his or her English teacher.

Notes from Nurse Maggie...

The current Ebola outbreak centers on three countries in West Africa: Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The following information is offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about what Ebola is and what is being done to prevent its spread:

  • Ebola is a rare, deadly disease caused by infection with the Ebola virus.

  • Ebola can only be spread by persons with active symptoms. Those include: fever, severe headache, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach or muscle pain, unexplained bleeding or bruising.

  • Ebola transmission requires direct contact with the blood or bodily fluids of an infected person, objects contaminated with the virus (such as needles); infected animals (commonly bats); or by eating infected bushmeat.

  • Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure to Ebola, but the average is 8 to 10 days.

  • Ebola is not spread through the air.

  • Ebola is not spread through water.

  • Ebola is not spread through any food other than infected bushmeat.

  • Hand washing is the best prevention. Wash your hands often with soap and water; don’t touch the blood or body fluids of people who are sick; and don’t handle items that may have come in contact with a sick person’s blood or body fluids.

  • The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is screening passengers arriving at five major US airports from the affected countries in West Africa and screening outbound passengers to prevent sick travelers from boarding planes.

  • The County of San Diego is doing the following:

    • Working with local medical providers to identify Ebola

    • Working with the State of California and the CDC to develop protocols and tools for public health investigations and medical providers

    • Providing local, well-trained professional staff to investigate and locate any recent contacts in the event that there is an Ebola case

    • Issue a health alert to local medical providers to prevent the spread of this virus, as well as to test and isolate suspected patients

  • Learn more about efforts to contain Ebola here:

Posted by dlang in 10. October on Saturday October 25 at 10:39PM
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News for the Week of October 19, 2014...

Dear Middle School Families,

As many of you have experienced first hand, Parker is a magical place. We have wonderful traditions that root us in a culture over 100 years old. In addition, we have new practices aimed at preserving and building upon existing excellence that will undoubtedly become tradition. One of the greatest privileges of the Division Head role is to witness and participate in a wide variety of both tradition and new practice. From themed spirit week days, to Middle School Flag football on the Homecoming Field, to all three Division Heads and our Assistant Head of School engaging in an Upper School Learning Walk, this past week was a fine example of the Parker tapestry. Abiding by the old adage a picture is worth a thousand words, below please find a collection of photos that illustrate our week. Enjoy!

Spirit Week Fun: Can you guess which faculty member the four young men below are twinning on Twin Day?

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MS Flag Football: Amazing play by all, and yes that one handed catch turned into a touchdown for the Lancers!

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Continuous Improvement of Professional Practice: Learning Walk through Ms. Taylor’s 2D Art Class and Dr. Pierce’s AP Physics 2 Class.

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

Smiles,

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Upcoming Dates...

10/23/14  - Middle and Upper School Town Hall Nicholas Commons

10/24/14  - Middle School Fall Sports Night: A fun night to see our MS Teams play right here at home. More information on our website: find it here

10/30/14  - Middle School Halloween Parade and Celebration

10/30/14  - Lancer Orchestra Presents a Halloween “Spooktacular”

Halloween Cake Contest at the Lower School…

Calling All Bakers!  We are having the Lower School Halloween Cake Contest again this year and would love to have your Middle School student participate!  The only rules are: (1) All cakes must be prepared and decorated by students only!  and, (2) EVERYTHING on the cake must be EDIBLE including ALL decorations and any structural support.  Please have your child print their cake tag at www.Lxt9.com/Cake , affix it to the cake, and have their cake dropped off at the Lower School gate between 7:15 and 8:45 on Oct. 31st.  So, please mention our Halloween Cake Contest to your Middle School student bakers, so we can make it the best Cake Contest ever!!  If you have any questions or concerns (including nut or allergy free), please contact Kristin Zeko at: kristinzeko@cox.net or Alexander Thomas at: Lxt9@Lxt9.com and visit our link: http://www.lxt9.com/2014HalloweenFlyer.pdf for all the details!

Mid-Trimester Reports...

This past week all student received a Mid-Trimester grade report in paper. This is one of the only times we send paper home. Please sign the report and have your child return it to her or his advisor.

Free DJ Demo and Yoga Classes for Middle School Students....

Thursday, October 23 student will have the opportunity to participate in a free demonstration class for DJing. More information is available in the flyer: find it here

On Monday, October 27, a free demonstration yoga class will be offered to Middle School students. More information is available in the flyer: find it here

Food Drive…

As part of a hunger theme in the Middle School this year, students are participating in a food drive to benefit Feeding America. Commonly requested items include peanut butter (no glass, please) and canned tuna or chicken. Seventh grade students will bring items collected during the food drive to Feeding America on their October 29 Community Service Day.

English Department Materials...

Middle School students have each been provided with a collection of short story study materials collected, bound and copyright cleared for us by University Readers. The copyright fees in particular bring some costs to this reader. Please complete the billing form emailed this past week and have your child return it to his or her English teacher.

Notary Service Available for Discovery Week Paperwork…

Notary service will be available for Discovery Week forms again this coming Friday, October 24, from 4pm-6pm in the Middle School Conference Room. All services are by appointment. Please contact Christi Cole at ccole@francisparker.org to make a reservation.

Notes from Nurse Maggie...

Importance of Handwashing: In celebration of Global National Handwashing Day last Wednesday, and in light of the recent prevalence of enterovirus, pertussis and Ebola in the news, here are a few reminders about handwashing. According to the Center for Disease Control, handwashing is the single most important act to help stop the spread of infection and to help people stay healthy. Due to proper handwashing with soap and water, there are an estimated one million deaths prevented globally each year. Additionally, up to 80% of all infections are spread by people’s hands. Doorknobs, animals and food also can spread harmful germs. The CDC recommends that you wash your hands before preparing food, before and after eating, after using the restroom, after sneezing/coughing, after playing with your pet, and after coming off the playground.  For more information about proper handwashing, please watch this video clip from the CDC: http://www.microbeworld.org/washup/handwashing-videos/488-put-your-hands-together. Please contact me with any questions at: 619-6=717-0235 or mwest@francisparker.org.

Pianist Needed….

Advanced pianist needed for Fall Musical Godspell! Must be flexible about afternoon rehearsal times in November and December. Please contact Mrs. Paige (tpaige@francisparker.org).

Change in 7th Grade Parent Dinner Date…

Please note that the upcoming seventh grade parent dinner scheduled for October 25 will be rescheduled.

San Diego Science Alliance...

The San Diego Science Alliance’s High Tech Fair Student Parent Night is coming up this Tuesday, Oct 21st at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, Bing Crosby Hall. The High Tech Fair invites San Diego STEM industries and educators to showcase discoveries and technologies to middle and high school students and their families.

At the High Tech Fair you can learn how medicines are made at Genentech or find out how to stop a plane like an engineer does at UTC Aerospace Systems. Over 50 exhibitors are expected from San Diego’s innovative industries in aerospace/engineering, biotech, clean energy, conservation, healthcare, robotics, and information/communication technology.

More information is available in the flyer: find it here

Video Games…

Students please note that videogames are not allowed from 7:45 to 3:15 p.m. In the morning, we need your brain warming up for a busy day of “feasting at the banquet of learning” (quote credit to Mr. McGrath). Video games are definitely not allowed at any time during class time, advisory or even if you have a substitute who is unaware of our rule. After school, we encourage you to run around, check out a ball from the Middle School office, get extra help from a teacher, and finish up your homework. After fair warning, students who continue to play games will have their iPads “locked” from game play by our technology department.



Posted by dlang in 10. October on Sunday October 19 at 10:12AM
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News for the Week of October 12, 2014...

Dear Middle School Families,

Along with the excitement of homecoming approaching on Saturday, October 18, this week we have the opportunity to congratulate our newly elected Associated Student Body (ASB) executive officers.

President: Julia Bernicker
Vice President: Delaney Gustafson
Treasurer: Luke Kim

With just three elected officers, one can tell that our ASB model has evolved a bit from years past.  Students who would like to participate in ASB, yet not "run" for an office, have already submitted applications to become ASB Board members. The executive officers and and the adult ASB facilitators will be reviewing and welcoming Board Members in the next two weeks. In this way, leadership opportunities for each ASB event will be spread among a broader pool of students.

Just in time for Spirit Week and Homecoming, our ASB officers reviewed our homecoming theme: Cirque Magnifique and approved the following theme dress days for Spirit Week:

Tuesday- PJ day
Wednesday- Parker Power...represent with Brown/Gold and Parker Spirit Wear!
Thursday- Crazy Day/Circus Day
Friday- Twin Day

Students, please do celebrate Lancer Pride this week while letting our student handbook guidlines, good sense and modesty guide your themed attire.

If you would like to know more about all the fun to be had at homecoming, check out the Homecoming Web Site here.

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

Smiles,

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UPCOMING DATES...

10/13 - Fall Break - with no school on Monday, the week of October 12 will follow the Short Week Schedule - Monday Holiday

10/14 - 10/18 - Spirit Week and Homecoming

10/18 - Homecoming - Middle School Football starts the day at 9:15

LINKS TO SCHEDULES...

MS Schedule - Regular Week 

Short Week Schedule - Monday Holiday 

Short Week Schedule - Friday Holiday

Lost and Found…

Parents, our collection of lost and found items is growing. Please encourage your students kids walk through the Middle School office hallway to claim their belongings. Anything left on October 17th will be given to charity.

English Department Materials...

Middle School students have each been provided with a collection of short story study materials collected, bound and copyright cleared for us by University Readers. The copyright fees in particular bring some costs to this reader and we will be sending out an e-Notify with a notice about the billing this week.

Discovery Week Information…

Our Discovery Week 2015 mailing went out this week with information concerning trip placement, meeting dates, various forms, and requirements. If you have questions concerning a particular trip, please contact the trip leader. If you have general questions concerning Discovery Week, please contact Christi Cole. All forms are due no later than November 3.

Please be sure to examine due dates carefully and return forms promptly as we need adequate lead time to secure visas and complete travel arrangements. Do note that some forms must be notarized. We will have a notary on campus, available at no charge, on October 17 from 4-6 and on October 24 from 4-6. Our Notary is only available by appointment. Please contact Christi Cole to reserve a spot.

Information/Organizational meetings for parents AND students will be held on January 22 and March 19 at 6 p.m.  These meetings will be combined with a brief ninth grade prep meeting preceding the Discovery Week meeting. We will send more information concerning both meetings as we near the date.

Pianist Needed….

Advanced pianist needed for Fall Musical Godspell! Must be flexible about afternoon rehearsal times in November and December. Please contact Mrs. Paige (tpaige@francisparker.org).

Change in 7th Grade Parent Dinner Date…

Please note that the upcoming seventh grade parent dinner scheduled for October 25 will be rescheduled. The Parents' Association is currently reviewing the calendar for possible dates.

Video Games…

Students please note that videogames are not allowed from 7:45 to 3:15 p.m. In the morning, we need your brain warming up for a busy day of “feasting at the banquet of learning” (quote credit to Mr. McGrath). Video games are definitely not allowed at any time during class time, advisory or even if you have a substitute who is unaware of our rule. After school, we encourage you to run around, check out a ball from the Middle School office, get extra help from a teacher, and finish up your homework. After fair warning, students who continue to play games will have their iPads “locked” from game play by our technology department.

Homecoming Parking….

Please note that the County Ed. parking lot is not available for Parker to use as overflow parking on October 18th.  

Parker will have parking available at the University of San Diego. Please enter at the intersection of Linda Vista Road and Marian Way and park in the West Parking Structure. Located north of Alcala Park West, the structure is entered off of lower Marian Way. The structure provides inside parking for 775 cars. Immediately outside the structure is surface parking for an additional 335 vehicles.

Parker will provide shuttle service to and from USD from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm (or later, if people are still on campus).


Posted by dlang in 10. October on Sunday October 12 at 10:32AM
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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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