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News for the Week of January 25, 2015

Dear Middle School Families,

We are at the halfway mark of the 2014-15 School year! Back to School Night seems far in the past, and all of the good information teachers shared about their courses and where to find information may seem far away too. Therefore, I would like to offer a few reminders regarding the best place to find information:

Parker’s Learning Management System - Haiku: If you are looking for general course information, daily activities or coursework, Haiku is the destination of choice. Haiku is conveniently integrated into our Google Apps for Education platform, so your child’s Parker Email address and Username are the same needed to login to Haiku. In fact, if your child is logged into her or his email, no username/password are required, just use the sign in with Google button, as shown below:

As you can see from the English 8 sample below, many teachers have set their Haiku page up to reflect the weeks of the trimester on the left hand side of the page, daily plans in the center, and homework information on the right.

For your convenience, the Haiku web portal sign in is easily available: find it here



 

Grade Books and Report Cards are found in NetClassroom:

NetClassroom is the electronic gradebook and report card platform we use here at Parker. Your child has a NetClassroom Username and Password that are separate from their Google Apps for Education credentials. During the summer, we emailed students and parents their Username and Password for NetClassroom. Should it ever become lost, we can look it up for you in the office. Please note that NetClassroom access is turned off during the time immediately prior to posting of Mid-Trimester and Trimester report cards. For example, with Mid-Trimester 2 reports scheduled to be posted soon, NetClassroom is currently turned off.

As indicated in the image below, the NetClassroom Login page is easily accessible from the Parker main webpage. Once logged in, the second image indicates where you can find electronic report cards. From that location you can also save a PDF version of the report card and print a paper copy if you wish.


 

If you have any questions about these information systems, please feel free to contact our technology department via email to support@francisparker.org. We are also available to help you here in the office.

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

Smiles,

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Upcoming Dates...

1/26 - 1/30      Kindness week in the Lower, Middle and Upper School

1/29      Lancer Orchestra Performance - Bach to the Future! 6 p.m.                    J. Crivello Hall See Flyer #1 here; See Flyer #2 here

1/29      Drama Club Parent Information Meeting for "Seussical"                          4:45 - 5:30 p.m. PAC

1/30      7th/8th Grade Movie Night - 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Notes from Nurse Maggie..

Vaccine-Preventable Diseases: Serious diseases such as measles, pertussis (whooping cough) and influenza are making people very ill right here in San Diego County, in other places in California and across the United States. In fact, cases of measles and influenza are significantly elevated this year. These diseases can be prevented by immunizations. Throughout the school year I have been sending notices to the families of those students who are noncompliant with the state mandated immunizations. There are still several families who need to send in updated immunization records for their student(s) and/or have their student receive the missing vaccines. Please note: if there is a case of a serious disease, such as measles, at Parker all students who are missing the required vaccine to prevent that disease will be excluded, by law, from school for 21 days. This includes those students whose families have opted, for personal, religious or medical reasons, to exclude their student from the mandated immunizations. Questions? Please contact me at mwest@francisparker.org or call at 619-717-0235.

Parker Faculty Take A Design Thinking Road Trip...

A group of 12 Parker faculty will receive two days of individualized hands-on guidance planning a design thinking project, lesson or unit. While being immersed in a making environment, they will test and troubleshoot the lesson or project, and they will leave with a project example that they make themselves. They will learn about and observe examples of meaningful integration of design thinking into classrooms and curriculum. They will learn new skills and technologies (including 3-D printing, laser cutting, and electronics). The goal is for participants to feel empowered to implement the lesson and/or activity that they created in their classroom practice, to investigate how to make their practice more student centered, and gain comfort with design thinking integrated curriculum.

The Middle School will be well represented by: Sergina Bach, Jen Dorsey, Joanna Irving, and Ceri Keith

Grandparents and Special Friends Information…

With Grandparents and Special Friends Day coming up on February 25, a special page on the Parker website has been created to hold all of the information you may need: find it here: find it here

Eighth Grade Parent Social...

The Francis Parker School Parents Association cordially invites all 8th grade parents for an evening social at the lovely home of Sarah Stanton. Come share stories from Winter Break and the start of the new year and spend time with your fellow 8th grade parents.

When:  Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 5:00pm - 8pm

Where: Home of Sarah Stanton - street address already sent in a previous email

Please RSVP no later than February 24th by emailing pa-vpms@francisparker.org

Drama Notes…

  • Sixth Grade Drama Presentations on Tuesday, January 27 during drama time (D block)

  • Eighth Grade One Acts on February 6 at 4:00 pm

Parker Pays It Forward…

Parker is hosting a community service event, Parker Pays It Forward, on March 21 from 8-12pm. Alumni, parents and students are invited to participate in a site clean up at the Serra Museum. Students who are 17 years and younger will need to complete a waiver available through the link below.

Parker Pays It Forward Website

Please contact Lizzy Bendrick '07 at lbendrick@francisparker.org if you have questions.

New Bus Route...

For the convenience of Middle and Upper School students, Parker has added a new late bus serving North County's inland areas. Service begins Monday, Jan. 26. More information can be found on the transportation web page: find it here

Band Information…

The MS Band (6th, 7th, & 8th) will play a concert on March 4th in Crivello Hall from 5:00-6:00 pm. MS Chorus and Percussion will also be performing.

On March 27th, the MS Band will attend a music festival in Orange County. After the festival, we will go to Knott's Berry Farm for the afternoon and evening. We will return to Parker by 10:00 pm.

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 (mong-dean@francisparker.org). You may see some of your shots in our student portfolios, yearbook, or end-of-year class videos. Thank you in advance!

Posted by dlang in 01. January on Saturday January 24 at 04:52PM
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News for the Week of January 18, 2015

Dear Middle School Families,

As we shift firmly into the second half of January, we are also approaching the middle of our second trimester. With the holiday season behind us, I historically find this to be a time when we settle into a good stretch of increasing academic expectations. While eighth graders typically feel comfortable with the higher demands, our seventh graders will feel a little stretched just about now. For our sixth grade families, with so much new to adjust to in the Middle School, this time of year can feel like a fairly significant stretch.

Certainly each child and each family will experience the stretch toward a more rigorous second half of the year differently. Some students welcome the added challenge and are unaffected; some notice that their courses are more rigorous and the level of effort required is appropriately higher. Still other students feel some discomfort. Each of these experiences is normal at this time of year, and intentional. Here “in the Middle” a part of what we accomplish is moving students along a smooth path to the rigor of each successive grade level, and finally into our robust Upper School. That process entails raising the academic “bar” in steady fashion and requiring our students to become appropriately more responsible for the process of learning.

Please know that whatever your family’s experience is as we move along the path of appropriately increasing rigor, and an appropriate release of students toward independence, our faculty, staff and administration are here to support you, and to ensure that your child will reach her or his best.

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

Smiles,

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Upcoming Dates...

1/19 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday - No School

1/19 - Optional movie outing to see Selma - 9:15 a.m. at at the Ultrastar Movie Theater in Mission Valley.  The movie is rated PG-13 and has a run time of 127 minutes. The theater is allowing us to stay an extra 15 minutes in order to have a short discussion as well. Students and family members are welcome.

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. - The One Hundred Foot Journey

1/29 - Lancer Orchestra Performance - Bach to the Future! See Flyer #1 here; See Flyer #2 here

1/30 - 7th/8th Grade Movie Night - 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

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 ccole@francisparker.org

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

Drama Notes…

  • The Middle School Drama Club will be hosting a festival with The Bishop's School on January 24 from 10:00 to 4:00 pm.

  • Sixth Grade Drama Presentations on Tuesday, January 27 during drama time (D block)

  • Eighth Grade One Acts on February 6 at 4:00 pm

Fencing…

The age old art of swordplay has been well regarded for its many benefits to both the body and the mind. Fencing produces long, lean muscles, and develops lightening speed and endurance. Brainpower counts for far more in fencing than most other sports. So if you are quick-witted, you can learn to defeat the quick-footed.

Team Touché Olympic style fencing after school program teaches precise, competitive technique along with the strategy and the analytical skills that all great fencers possess. Classes are light-hearted and entertaining because we know people learn new skills the fastest while they are having fun! Our program includes games that develop hand-eye coordination and footwork skills while providing a low-pressure and energized environment to allow these skills to grow. Team Touché is a competitive fencing club, and we offer a complimentary tournament on the last day of after school program so each fencer can see what it is like to compete in a real tournament!

Thank you to all the middle school students who participated in our fencing demo this past Tuesday during lunch time!  Team Touche enjoyed meeting everyone - and we had a great turnout!  For students interested in signing up for our after-school fencing program, please contact After-School Director Katie Colvin at kcolvin@francisparker.org or Director of Summer and Extended Programs, Tim Katzman, at tkatzman@francisparker.org

Parker Pays It Forward…

Parker is hosting a community service event, Parker Pays It Forward, on March 21 from 8-12pm. Alumni, parents and students are invited to participate in a site clean up at the Serra Museum. Students who are 17 years and younger will need to complete a waiver available through the link below.

Parker Pays It Forward Website

Please contact Lizzy Bendrick '07 at lbendrick@francisparker.org if you have questions.

New Bus Route...

For the convenience of Middle and Upper School students, Parker has added a new late bus serving North County's inland areas. Service begins Monday, Jan. 26. More information can be found on the transportation web page: find it here

Band Information…

The MS Band (6th, 7th, & 8th) will play a concert on March 4th in Crivello Hall from 5:00-6:00 pm. MS Chorus and Percussion will also be performing.

On March 27th, the MS Band will attend a music festival in Orange County. After the festival, we will go to Knott's Berry Farm for the afternoon and evening. We will return to Parker by 10:00 pm.

SUMMER PROGRAM... 

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

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 (mong-dean@francisparker.org). You may see some of your shots in our student portfolios, yearbook, or end-of-year class videos. Thank you in advance!

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 mwest@francisparker.org.

Posted by dlang in 01. January on Saturday January 17 at 10:26PM
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News for the Week of January 11, 2015

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.”

Smiles,

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Upcoming Dates:

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.

Summer Program 

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

Thank you,

Monica Gallardo
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 (mong-dean@francisparker.org). You may see some of your shots in our student portfolios, yearbook, or end-of-year class videos. Thank you in advance!

Selma…

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 ccole@francisparker.org.

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!

Julia Bernicker
Luca Bonanno
Rohin Buch
Max Chapman
Eve Gross-Sable
Gabriel Jinich
Davis Kedrosky
John LeMasters
William Murray
Apolo Samikoglu
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 mwest@francisparker.org.

Posted by dlang in 01. January on Saturday January 10 at 03:35PM
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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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