Dear Middle School Families,
A new year provides time for reflection, a look to the future, and reaffirmation of what guides our daily life. In the Middle School, we are guided by Parker’s Mission and the Core Values of our Middle School.
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.
Community ✦ Lifelong Learning
Whole Child Education ✦ Collaboration ✦ Global Citizenship
While many of you have read or heard of our Mission, you may not be aware that the Middle School has five core values that faculty, staff and administrators aim to both model and teach to our students. Just as the Lower School has S.T.R.I.V.E., to inform the character education portion of the curriculum, here in the Middle School we use our Core Values to inform everything from lesson planning, field trip selection, program development, daily class discussion, and our Advisory program.
Beyond just word recognition, our faculty challenges itself and our students to give examples. In the Middle School, you might hear a faculty member ask a student, “What does ‘community’ look like when we live out the word?” or “What does ‘collaboration’ look like?” As we look to the first of our Discovery Week meetings coming up on January 22, there will be plenty of discussion around “What is ‘Global Citizenship’?”
As for me, on the occasions that I speak to our students about “community,” I describe one of the key features of community as a place where we build each other up to the best version of ourselves possible.
Thank you so much for being part of the Parker community. We are honored to collaborate with you as we prepare your child “to make a meaningful difference in the world.”
1/13 - MS Guitar Concert 5-7 p.m. Please note the time. Students will perform in grade level order. 6th/7th Grade Winter Guitar Concert will start at 5:00PM. 8th Grade Winter Guitar Concert will start at 6:30PM
1/15 - Holocaust Survivor speaks to our 8th Grade students.
1/15 - Geography Bee Finals 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. in J. Crivello Hall
1/16 - 5th Grade Sneak Peek at LV campus.
1/19 - Martin Luther King Jr. Observance - No School.
1/19 - Optional Selma Movie Gathering
1/22 - 6th Grade Field Trip to Plays by Young Writers
1/22 - Current 5th Grade Parent Coffee 8:45 a.m. in the Lawrence Middle School Commons.
1/22 - Discovery Week Meeting and 9th Grade Transition Meeting #1 beginning at 5:30 p.m.
1/23 - 8th Grade Museum of Tolerance Field Trip
1/23 - 6th Grade Movie Night 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
1/29 - Lancer Orchestra Performance
1/30 - 7th/8th Grade Movie Night - 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
New Summer Program Information is available at the following link: Summer Program 2015
2015 PARKER SUMMER PROGRAM ANNOUNCES SUMMER PRODUCTION OF "13"
The Summer Program office, in conjunction with the Parker Drama Department, is pleased to announce that for the first time in many years, a musical production will be offered as a part of the 2015 Summer Program.
Find full details on the following page: find it here
To sign up please follow the link to the Google Form: Summer Drama Sign Up
Share Your Culture....
In February, the week before mid-winter break, the Middle School celebrates World Culture Week. The purpose of the week is to build cultural knowledge of the world and to celebrate our own community's diversity.
We would love for our parent body to share any cultural experience they have with our students. It may be a language (other than Spanish, French or Mandarin), a skill, a dance, a story, a recipe or a tradition that you have. Your expertise will certainly enrich our students' experience! If you are interested, please fill out the questionnaire below to indicate what you would be willing to teach and when you are available.
Culture to Share Questionnaire
MS Foreign Language Department Chair
Sports Photos Needed...
The Middle School is looking for sports photos. If you have some great shots of fall or winter sport, please send them to Mary Ong-Dean (firstname.lastname@example.org). You may see some of your shots in our student portfolios, yearbook, or end-of-year class videos. Thank you in advance!
On Monday, January 19, Miss Cole will be hosting an optional gathering for those who would like to meet at the theater and view the movie Selma together.
DISCOVERY WEEK INFORMATION/NINTH GRADE TRANSITION MEETING...
In an attempt to make things easier for families, we are combining all Discovery Week Meetings with an information session on transitioning to 9th grade. The first session will be held on Thursday, January 22. This 9th grade session will include information about the four-year plan and summer school choices, and is scheduled for 5:30-6:00. The Discovery Week information session will follow this and will begin at 6:15 and end at approximately 7:15.
All eighth grade students and their parents should plan to attend this event. If you have any questions please contact Christi Cole at email@example.com.
Because students will be on campus later than usual, we will be offering dinner from O’s American Kitchen. If your child would like dinner, please fill out the form below and sign it acknowledging that your student billing account will be charged. Your payment will guarantee your child 2 slices of pizza, salad, breadsticks and a drink. We cannot guarantee there will be food available for those that do not preorder. Please return no later than January 20: find the form here
Geography Bee Finals…
Congratulations to the following Geography Bee finalists!
Alternate: Elsa Baumgartner
Members of the Parker community are invited to attend the Geography Bee Finals next Thursday, January 15, from 3:05 to 4 pm. This is your chance to be in the audience as the finalists meet head-to-head to demonstrate their mad geography skills in Crivello Hall.
Lost and Found….
We have a lot of Lands End clothing and other items in lost and found. Anything that is left on Friday, January 16th will be given to charity...please encourage your child to come to the office and check for their items.
Notes from Nurse Maggie:
Measles Outbreak: According to the California Department of Public Health, nine people, including one from San Diego, who visited Disneyland or Disney’s California Adventure Park in Anaheim between December 15th and December 20th have contracted measles. Six of the nine confirmed cases were in unvaccinated individuals. Measles is an infectious, highly contagious airborne disease that is easily spread by coughing, sneezing, or coming in contact with an infected person. Measles generally begins with fever, cough, runny nose and red eyes. Within a few days a red rash appears, usually on the face then spreading down to the rest of the body. If you, or a family member, develop symptoms of measles, contact your healthcare provider. Remember, the best way to prevent measles, and the spread of the disease, is through vaccination against the disease (for children, 2 doses of MMR at ages 15 months and 4 years). Please contact Nurse Maggie with any questions: 619-717-0235 or firstname.lastname@example.org.