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
behold! 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.
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.
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.
Thank you for checking out all we do here “in the Middle.”
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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.
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 email@example.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: