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News for the Week of June 8...

Dear Middle School Families,

Welcome to the final week of school! While promotion on Thursday, June 12 at 10:00 a.m. in the Field House will be the highlight of our week, we have many other unique items this week.

Monday will be the final day that students will attend class with their teachers. Tuesday our eighth grade will take their annual end of year Disneyland trip and our 6th and 7th graders will enjoy a Day at the Bay. Wednesday is a half day with final advisory activities, yearbook distribution, and dismissal at 12noon.

Achievement Assemblies will occur this week as well. Sixth grade is first up on Monday, June 9 from 11:55 a.m. to 12:35 p.m. in Crivello Hall.

Eighth Grade will hold their Achievement Assembly on Wednesday, June 11 in the morning from 8:05 to 8:45 a.m. and will be followed by the Seventh Grade Achievement Assembly on Wednesday, June 11 from 9:15 to 10:00 a.m..  All Achievement Assemblies will be held in Crivello Hall.

Here is a link to a one page schedule for the week that captures all of the goings on for each grade level: 2014 Final Week of School Timeline for 6, 7, and 8

Many reminders and forms have come your way recently. I have included links to course selection forms for all grades below, and a copy of our NEW 2014-15 Daily Schedule as well. Seventh graders, please be sure to complete the Discovery Week Choice Form and contact Miss Cole at ccole@francisparker.org with any questions.

Finally, our Middle School author S.P. Kumar will be signing her new book Cave of Mystic Dreams on June 15th at Warwicks, 12:00 p.m. here is a link to complete information: Book Signing by Parker Middle School Author

Thank you for checking out all we do here “in the Middle,” below please find some important notes for the week.

Smiles,

Upcoming Dates:

  • 6/9 - Sixth grade Achievement Assembly 11:55 a.m. to 12:35 p.m. in Crivello Hall.
  • 6/10 - Eighth Grade Disneyland Trip - students return at 9:00 p.m.
  • 6/10 - Sixth and Seventh Grade - Day at the Bay
  • 6/11 - Eighth Grade Achievement Assembly on 8:05 to 8:45 a.m. in Crivello Hall
  • 6/11 - Seventh Grade Achievement Assembly 9:15 to 10:00 a.m. in Crivello Hall.
  • 6/11 - Last Day of School for Grade 6 & 7 - Dismissal at 12:00 noon.
  • 6/12 - 8th Grade Promotion
    • 8th Grade Students arrive at 8:45 and report to advisory.
    • Promotion ceremony begins at 10:00 a.m.

Course Selection Forms….

As part of our preparations for the 2014-15 school year, course selection forms and course descriptions were sent to our rising sixth, seventh and eighth grade families. Should you need the links again, they are included below for your convenience. Please be sure to note that your child must use her or his Parker email username and password to sign into the form.

Course Selection Form: 6th Grade Course Selection Form 2014-15
Course Offerings: 6th Grade Course Offerings 2014-15

Course Selection  Form: 7th Grade Course Selection Form 2014-15
Course Descriptions: 7th Grade Course Descriptions 2014-15

Course Selection Form: 8th Grade Course Selection Form 2014-15
Course Descriptions: 8th Grade Course Descriptions 2014-15

Promotion Video…

Attention 8th Grade parents:  Be sure and order your DVD of the Francis Parker Middle School 8th Grade Promotion which will be professionally videotaped on June 13, 2014 at 10:00am.

You may order your copy by visiting www.FrancisParkerDVD.com

NEW 2014-15 Daily Schedule...

As I wrote in previous Newsletters, after a year of work and building on the work completed on the Middle School daily schedule last year, the Middle and Upper School will have an complementary and aligned schedule for the 2014-15 school year. The complete schedule is here for your review: 2014 - 15 Upper and Middle School Schedule.

Here is what a schedule might generally look like for a Middle School Student: Sample Middle School Schedule for 2014-15.

Notes from Nurse Maggie…

Required 7th grade Tdap vaccine, updated immunizations and the new California personal exemption law: All students entering public or private school are required by law to receive specific immunizations in order to attend class. Immunizations against specific diseases protect all students and prevent the spread of debilitating illness. All students going into 7th grade next year are required to receive a Tdap vaccine in order to attend school. If you have a student going into 7th grade next year, please make sure your child is current on all mandated immunizations. If your student receives any vaccines, please turn in an updated immunization form to the school nurse or to the office prior to the start of school. To find out what immunizations are required, please go to: www.eziz.ort/assets/docs/IMM-231 for the current immunization schedule for students in California.

Finally, starting in 2014, California law AB2109 requires all parents who wish that their student be exempt from receiving immunizations receive consultation about that decision from an identified licensed medical professional. If this affects your child, please go to www.shotsforschools.org to download the required form and to learn who is able to provide consultation concerning exemptions and immunizations. Once complete, please bring that form into the school nurse or the office prior to the start of the school year. If you have any questions, please call 619-717-0235 or email mwest@francisparker.org.


 

Posted by dlang in 06. June on Sunday June 8 at 06:45AM
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News for the Week of June 1...

Dear Middle School Families,

Yesterday, the Parker community celebrated commencement for the Class of 2014. While it is a joy to celebrate our graduates, it is also bittersweet. Just four short years ago, we celebrated the majority of these students as they were promoted from the Middle School and began their Upper School journey. For those of us “in the Middle,” having another four years to watch the students we so enjoyed in our own classrooms is always a gift. Then, “just like that,” the same amazing young people plus new colleagues who joined their class in the Upper School leave our campus. Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s encouragement to our graduates resonated with many of the other speakers, and I am sure many faculty in the audience would concur with the sentiment: while it is time for the Class of 2014 to leave us…come back.

While celebrations often commemorate a job well done, they also signal a time of new beginnings. Just as the Class of 2014 will carry the Parker name to some of the finest universities in the world, our eighth graders will take their preparation from the Lower and Middle School to the Upper School, and right behind the Class of 2018, our seventh grade Class of 2019 prepares to assume the student leadership of Middle School.

As part of our preparations for the 2014-15 school year, I sent scheduling forms and course descriptions to our rising seventh and eighth grade families this week. Should you need the links again, they are included below for your convenience. Please be sure to note that your child must use her or his Parker email username and password to sign into the form.

Scheduling Form: Seventh Grade Scheduling Form 2014-15
Course Descriptions: Seventh Grade Course Descriptions 2014-15

Scheduling Form: Eighth Grade Scheduling Form 2014-15
Course Descriptions: Eighth Grade Course Descriptions 2014-15

This week Assistant Head of Middle School, Christi Cole, and I will travel to the Lower School to meet our rising sixth grade parents as we prepare for the Class of 2021 to join the Middle School. One of the items we will discuss with our rising sixth grade families is the newly aligned Upper and Middle School schedule. As I wrote in previous Newsletters, after a year of work and building on the work completed on the Middle School daily schedule last year, our Schedule Committee, led by the Assistant Head of Upper School, Marc Thiebach, presented three model schedules to our Upper and Middle School faculty. Following additional faculty, student, and parent input, a few modifications were made and we believe that schedule available through the following link is the final version for the 2014-15 school year. Thank you for your support as we complete the move from concept to design and now implementation: 2014 - 15 Upper and Middle School Schedule.

Thank you for checking out all we do here “in the Middle,” below please find some important notes for the week.
Smiles,

UPCOMING DATES…

  • 6/3 - 5:30 p.m to 6:30 p.m. - Discovery Week 2015 Meeting for 7th Grade - parents only please
  • 6/3 - 6:30 p.m. Lancer Orchestra Concert
  • 6/5 and 6/6 - Sixth Grade Student Led Conferences
  • 6/6 -  5:00 to 7:00 p.m. MS Movie Night...The Princess Bride
  • 6/11 - Last Day of School for Grade 6 & 7 - Dismissal at 12:00 noon.
  • 6/12 - 8th Grade Promotion
    • 8th Grade Students arrive at 8:45 and report to advisory.
    • Promotion ceremony begins at 10:00 a.m.

Drama Club Announcement...

The Drama Club is pleased to announce it's 2014 -2015 season:

The Diary of Anne Frank
Godspell
Seussical

We hope to see you at the performances!

Drama Club Awards Banquet...

The following students where elected as officers:
Jack Morrill………………………………………………………….President
Avalon Smith………………………………………………..Vice President
Izzie Haberman…………………………………………………..Secretary
Noah Schneider……………………………………………………Treasurer
Vaughn Melbourn……………Senior Officer/Web Designer
Cate Hasler……………………………………………………………..Publicity

The following students were inducted into the Junior Thespian Society:
Nicole Britton
Oliva Carey
Daniel Chidlaw
Haley Gale
Izzie Haberman  
Jula Harrington
Cate Hasler
Anne McGrath
Madeleine McGrath
Vaughn Melbourn
Aadi Miglani
Jack Morrill
Avalon Smith
Antonia Villafranca

Four awards were given:

Most Improved in "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown" Antonia Villafranca
Most Improved in "Annie" Madeleine McGrath
The Clubber Award to Jula Harrington
The Inspiration Award to Jack Morrill

8th Grade End of Year INformation...

The end of the year is always full, especially for our eighth graders. Below please find the link to the eighth grade end of year schedule previously sent by eNotify.

Eighth Grade End of Year Schedule

8TH GRADE DISNEY TRIP REMINDER…

Permission slips for the 8th Grade End of the Year Trip to Disneyland were due Friday, May 23. If you have not already completed the form and turned it you may find another copy here: 2014 8th Grade Disney Permission Form

PROMOTION FORMS…

Eighth Grade families, please make sure we have your student’s name just how you would like it printed and pronounced on promotion. Forms were sent home this week with your eighth grader, and are available through the following link, just in case: Promotion Form Class of 2018

USED UNIFORMS…

Has your child grown significantly this year? Is that Land's End skort not quite making finger tip length? Are those pants not keeping up with your son's three inch growth spurt. Well, our Parent's Association can help you and another Parker family through your donation of gently used Land's End uniform clothing.

Beginning June 1, our Parent's Association will begin collecting used Land's End uniforms that are still in good shape and suitable to resell. 

MBS BOOK BUYBACK…

The MBS book buyback will take place June 5, 6, 9, 10, 11 from 7:30-12:30 in the US ASB Room (located downstairs at the south end of the Peters Family Building). Please be sure to bring a printed quote from your MBS account in order to return the books. 12th graders may sell back books May 27-30 through US Office between 2:30-3:30. Please contact Mr. Thiebach with questions.

NOTES FROM NURSE MAGGIE...

Pertussis (whooping cough): The county Health and Human Services Agency announced this week that the number of pertussis cases reported in San Diego County this year has surpassed the total for all of last year. This year there have been 454 confirmed cases of pertussis surpassing the total of 431 in 2013. Many of these cases affect school age children.

 A typical case of pertussis starts with a cough and runny nose for one to two weeks, followed by weeks to months of rapid coughing fits that sometimes end with a whooping sound. Fever, if present, is usually mild.

To prevent pertussis, vaccination is available and required for school entry. Please note that children generally receive a DPT (diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus) vaccine at the ages of 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 15 to 18 months and 4 to 6 years as well as a mandatory Tdap booster going into the 7th grade. If you have a student going into JK, SK or 7th grade, please make sure your child is current on all mandated immunizations. 

Please go to: www.eziz.org/assets/docs/IMM-231 for the current immunization schedule for children in California. Additionally, if your student does receive or has received updated immunizations, please send a copy of that immunization record to the school nurse as soon as possible. If you have any questions about pertussis or the mandated school immunizations, please call 619-717-0235 or email at mwest@francisparker.org

Posted by dlang in 06. June on Sunday June 1 at 06:11AM
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News for the Week of May 25...

Dear Middle School Families,

Teams come in various shapes, sizes, and fill many purposes. Perhaps you have been on a competitive team like some of those offered here at Parker: debate, robotics, science olympiad, band, orchestra, football, track, volleyball, baseball, cross country, golf, and too many others to list. Some teams are purely for intramural fun, consider the “dodgeball” team. Teams inform our professional lives as well: product design teams, leadership teams, script writing teams, medical teams, legal teams. In short, teams permeate our lives. Successful high performance teams provide clarity of purpose and add meaning to individual pursuits.

The Parker Community is a successful high performance team. Together we strive:

To create and inspire a diverse community of independent thinkers whose academic excellence, global perspective, and strength of character prepare them to make a meaningful difference in the world.

In my role as Head of Middle School, I meet many families who would like to join our team. While most are already convinced that Parker is the place for them, many question whether Parker will be financially accessible to them. I am so pleased to be able to share with these prospective families that one in five Parker students receives significant financial aid. I also share the school’s commitment to preserving the broad variety found in the families that make up our team, and our belief that strength on any team flows from the diversity of life experience each member brings to the collective effort.

Beyond prospective families, I often find myself discussing Parker in my life away from the campus. Acquaintances, friends and folks I meet for the first time know Parker and admire the reputation of our students and program, yet many do not know of our commitment to making Parker broadly accessible.

There are many “whys” to share philanthropically with your Parker community, access to Parker is one that is near and dear to my own heart. Beyond access to the broadest pool of candidates, your philanthropy supports the excellence of our current program and funds future improvement. In this year alone, professional development dollars have funded the important all school work of inclusivity; we have supported teams of faculty to attend content area conferences in math, social studies, social and emotional learning, iPad integration, and the list continues. If your eighth grader enjoyed Discovery Week, please keep in mind that the program grew directly out of a professional development grant.

A discussion of philanthropy would not be complete without a word about tuition, the common denominator for all Parker families. Generous philanthropic giving has kept our level of tuition increases manageable, and we remain committed to a predictable pattern of tuition increase. However, the surges of excellence we expect of ourselves require more than tuition can support. For example, in the eight years that I have been here at Parker, the physical plant has been completely transformed. A significant portion of that transformation is due to the philanthropy of families who have preceded us. Due to the vision, dedication, and perseverance of those families, we now enjoy an award winning and architecturally stunning campus, modern and well equipped laboratories, performance spaces, learning environments, and programmatic enhancements that contribute to Parker’s reputation as a national leader in Independent Education. Philanthropy, rather than tuition, has provided for many of our surges in excellence.

Having touched on the “why” of philanthropy and the “what” that philanthropic gifts accomplish here at Parker, I would like to leave you with the “how.” While every team will have a star player or two, no individual can win on her or his own. The quarterback needs a receiver, the orchestra needs more than the virtuoso, a relay team needs more than one fast member, and Parker’s philanthropic efforts need more than just a few generous families. Philanthropy at Parker is a team effort, and as any good coach will tell you every small contribution builds a win. The one step of extra effort by an offensive lineman that allows the running back just that little bit more room to squeeze into the end zone, that centimeter of extra extension that allows the outfielder to make the amazing catch, the extra few minutes spent on making that History Day project “just right,” the curiosity to push just a little further in a Science Olympiad project, or the cross country athlete who pushes through that last bit of pain to pass one more competitor, all of these taken individually are “small” efforts, but the impact of those “small” efforts is a “big” win.

You are a member of Team Parker, and today I invite you to take up your position in the competitive arena and participate in a “big” win. The dollar amount of your participation is not a measure of success, one hundred percent participation is our goal.

Thank you for checking out all we do here “in the Middle,” below please find some important notes for the week.

Smiles,

UPCOMInG DATES…

  • 6/3 - Discovery Week 2015 Meeting for 7th Grade - parents only please
  • 6/6 -  MS Movie Night...The Princess Bride
  • 6/11 - Last Day of School for Grade 6 & 7 - Dismissal at 12:00 noon.
  • 6/12 - 8th Grade Promotion
    • 8th Grade Students arrive at 8:45 and report to advisory.
    • Promotion ceremony begins at 10:00 a.m.

Rock projects...

Next week, our 6th, 7th and 8th grade guitarists will be presenting their rock projects.
The kids will perform the projects in three separate grade level concerts.

Here's the schedule:

6th Grade Rock Projects
Tuesday, May 27th
Crivello Hall, 4:00PM

7th Grade Rock Projects
Wednesday, May 28th
Crivello Hall, 3:30PM

8th Grade Rock Projects
Wednesday, May 28th
Crivello Hall, 5:00PM (approx. upon completion of the 7th grade concert)

They've all been working very hard so we hope you can make it.

Attire: Students must comply with the dress-code as stated in the handbook during the regular school day. The kids can change after school for their respective concerts. Jeans are OK, Rock & Roll T-Shirts are okay as long as they are not offensive. Girls are not allowed to wear leggings.

8TH GRADE DISNEY TRIP REMINDER…

Permission slips for the 8th Grade End of the Year Trip to Disneyland were due this past Friday, May 23. If you have not already completed the form and turned it you may find another copy here: 2014 8th Grade Disney Permission Form

PROMOTION FORMS…

Eighth Grade families, please make sure we have your student’s name just how you would like it printed and pronounced on promotion. Forms were sent home this week with your eighth grader, and are available through the following link, just in case: Promotion Form Class of 2018

Used uniforms…

Has your child grown significantly this year? Is that Land's End skort not quite making finger tip length? Are those pants not keeping up with your son's three inch growth spurt. Well, our Parent's Association can help you and another Parker family through your donation of gently used Land's End uniform clothing.

Beginning June 1, our Parent's Association will begin collecting used Land's End uniforms that are still in good shape and suitable to resell. 

MBS Book Buyback…

The MBS book buyback will take place June 5, 6, 9, 10, 11 from 7:30-12:30 in the US ASB Room (located downstairs at the south end of the Peters Family Building). Please be sure to bring a printed quote from your MBS account in order to return the books. 12th graders may sell back books May 27-30 through US Office between 2:30-3:30. Please contact Mr. Thiebach with questions.

NOTES FROM NURSE MAGGIE….

Notes from Nurse Maggie: Melanoma Awareness and Sun Safety: May is Melanoma Awareness month. Melanoma is a type of cancer, most often of the skin. Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer because it can spread to lymph nodes and distant organs. According to the Melanoma Research Foundation, in 2014 approximately 77,000 Americans will be diagnosed with melanoma, resulting in nearly 10,000 deaths. To prevent developing melanoma, reduce and limit ultraviolet exposure both from natural sunlight and artificial light by doing the following:

  • Generously apply sunscreen to all exposed skin—even on cloudy days—year round

  • Use a sunscreen that provides broad spectrum protection from both UVA and UVB rays and has a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30

  • Use approximately one ounce of sunscreen and apply it approximately 15 minutes before sun exposure—then reapply every two hours and after swimming or perspiring

  • Wear a long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses when in the sun

  • Remember the sun’s rays are the strongest between 10:00a.m. and 4:00p.m.

  • Know that water, snow and sand reflect and magnify the damaging rays of the sun thus increasing the chance of sunburn

  • Avoid becoming sunburnt! Severe sunburns, especially during childhood, increase the risk of developing melanoma and other skin cancer. Just one blistering sunburn can double your chances of developing melanoma later in life

  • Current research indicates there is no way to get a tan through ultraviolet exposure without increasing the risk for skin cancer, therefore avoid intentional tanning and indoor tanning beds

  • Certain prescription medications and over-the-counter drugs can increase the skin’s sensitivity to sunlight—be aware of the interaction with the sun of any medications you take

Finally, skin checks can save your life and secondary prevention focuses on the early detection of melanoma. This includes monthly self-skin examinations and yearly examinations by a dermatologist. Research has shown that patients, not doctors, are most likely to spot a melanoma. Look for any changes in the size, shape and/or color of a mole/spot on the skin. If you notice any changes, contact your medical provider. Questions? Please call 619-717=0235 or email mwest@francisparker.org

DANCE PERFORMANCE DATE CHANGE...

MS Dance Concert dates have been changed. The new performance dates are Thursday May 29 @ 5pm and Friday, May 30 @ 11:25am.

 

 

Posted by dlang in 05. May on Sunday May 25 at 10:11AM
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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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