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News for the Week of November 16, 2014...

Dear Middle School Families,

Headed into our last week of school before the Thanksgiving break, it is certainly appropriate to pause for reflection about all that we have to be thankful for here in the Middle School.

On Tuesday, November 11, we had the opportunity to say “Thank You” to our Veterans and Active Duty Military Personnel through two panel discussions held in the Middle and Upper Schools. Read an article about the day here: Veterans Day 2014

On Wednesday the Middle School held our annual open house for prospective families, and we are thankful for the many volunteer parent and student hands that contributed to an excellent event coordinated by our Admissions Team. With close to one hundred and fifty families in attendance, we are thankful to all of the current families who choose Parker as the home for their child’s education, as well as the prospective families who are considering the Parker family as their next educational community.

Thursday was a day of feasting and thanks, as our Parents Association treated the Middle School faculty to a day of delicious food and tempting sweets. Thank you Parker Parents for your generosity; you sure made our day!

On behalf of all of us in the Middle School, I wish you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving time.

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

Smiles,

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Upcoming Dates...

11/20 - MS/US Strings Performance

11/20 - Sixth and Seventh Grade Thanksgiving Celebration

11/21 - Ellis Island Simulation

11/21 - Eighth Grade Thanksgiving Celebration

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.

Lost and Found…

We have many pieces of Land's End clothing in our lost and found without student names in them.  Any items left on November 20th will be given to the Parent's Association for the end of the year sale.

Food Drive….

The Parker Community Service Board is sponsoring a food drive with the San Diego Food Bank November 17-21.

Donations may be dropped off in barrels located on campus, in the drive-up lanes on the Linda Vista campus, and the Community Service Office. (located off the faculty parking lot)

Please consider donating the following.

* canned meats (tuna, ham, chicken)
* peanut butter
* canned soup
* canned or dried fruits
* canned vegetables
* dried beans, rice & cereal
* dried pasta
* powdered milk
* infant formula
* packaged nuts and seeds
* Thanksgiving items, stuffing, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie filling


Please: no glass jars, including baby food, home canned or baked products.

Please contact Carol Jensen, Director of Community Programs, at 858 569-7900 x4112 if you have any questions. Thank you.

Information from Mr. Barsky for our eighth grade families:

We continue to examine students' technological needs for now and in the future, the Tech Committees meet on a regular basis to discuss how we can coordinate and build upon our vision and use of technology. One of the issues that came to the foreground was the use of iPads in the Upper School. The thinking has evolved regarding the effectiveness and appropriateness of an iPad program for each grade level in the upper school. Recognizing the commitment that families and the School have made, we decided to continue the implementation of iPads in this year's 9th and 10th grades but not introduce them formally into the 11th and 12th grades. Instead, for this year we have welcomed students to bring their own laptop to class in grades 11 and 12 as they are free to do so now. Moving forward (2015-16), we will implement a “structured RYOD” program- students are required to bring a device (laptop computer) from a defined and limited selection of options in the upper school. This development will complement and deepen our use of Google Apps and Haiku (Learning Management System) in the months and years to come.

Our laptop choices for families are informed by these questions: What do US faculty want students to be able to do with a device? What are the outcomes, tasks and activities that we want students to produce or work on during the day? Which are the most cost effective choices? Which choices offer the greatest flexibility while guaranteeing a consistent and reliable learning environment?

While asking the above questions, we also sought a choice of models that all students will bring to school daily that met the below specifications:

  • Long battery life (5-6 hours minimum, 8 recommended)

  • Lightweight and rugged

  • Able to run full (desktop) versions of the Chrome browser

  • Camera for conferencing and recording

Any laptop that meets these requirements would suffice. These three models are representative examples that would meet these criteria:

Device

OS

Retail Cost

Link

Apple Macbook Air

MacOS

$900-$1200

Apple Store

Inspiron 13 7000

Win 8.1

$600-$800

Dell Store

Dell Chromebook 11

ChromeOS

$300

Dell Store

With their own personal laptop, students daily will be able to:

  • Access academic resources, online and installed textbooks in class and off campus

  • Work full Google Apps Suite (including all collaborative, editing and formatting features) and Haiku LMS

  • Organize their work and schedule

  • Perform scholarly research using multiple sources, online and traditional

  • Create learning artifacts that demonstrate mastery of essential subject area understandings

  • Record and analyze data, photograph, record audio and video

  • Combine, edit and modify existing works in a variety of media

  • Present and demonstrate in classrooms and online

  • Model systems, write programs

  • Curate and organize learning artifacts, demonstrate mastery through examples of self generated content

  • Exchange learning artifacts and work with Parker community and worldwide

Posted by dlang in 11. November on Sunday November 16
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News for the Week of November 9, 2014...

Dear Middle School Families,

Congratulations are in order for our Middle School Girls’ Volleyball team! Early last week, our girls captured the championship for the southern portion of our conference and then continued on to defeat the northern champion, Santa Fe Christian and win the conference championship outright for the second year in a row. According to our Assistant Athletic Director, John Herman, our conference is one of the top volleyball conferences in country. Way to go girls!

As many of you may recall, our Strategic Plan calls for close articulation of curriculum between all of our divisions. As we continue with our scope and sequence project and our divisional transition meetings our teachers are capitalizing on the natural connections already in place. For example, this Monday our second graders will be visiting our eighth grade students as each grade works on a collaborative Coming to America project. Second grade students will be included in Mr. Howard and Ms. Ong-Dean’s classes and then join our eighth graders for lunch.

In addition to the attention we are devoting to curricular articulation, our Strategic Plan goals also include continued refinement and improvement of our character education program. In the Middle School, Christi Cole and Mary Ong-Dean are leading a revision of our Advisory program we call Advisory 2.0. Building on a strong tradition of Advisory work in the Middle School, Advisors at each grade level are writing Advisory curriculum that is tied to our Middle School Core Values: Community, Life Long Learning, Whole Child Education, Collaboration, and Global Citizenship. To complement this work and capitalize on our participation in the Independent School Data Exchange, we also use a tool called the Mission Skills Assessment. The Middle School participated in this work last year and on Thursday, November 13th students will begin the assessment for the 2014-2015 school year. Students will use their iPads to complete the assessment which measures Teamwork, Creativity, Ethics, Resilience, Curiosity, and Time Management. Results of the Mission Skills Assessment (MSA) are reported on the school level rather than an individual level and will be used to continually improve our program. Just one more way that we strive to keep Parker at the pinnacle of excellence!

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

Smiles,

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Upcoming Dates...

11/11/14 - Veterans’ Day - School is in Session

11/12/14 - MS Admissions Open House

11/13/14 - MS Dance Performance

11/14/14 - 7th and 8th Grade Dance

11/20/14 - MS/US Strings Performance

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.

Dance Concert...

Invitation to the Middle School Dance Concert! The Middle School Dance classes will

perform in the Taking Turns Concert on Thursday, November 13 at 4:00pm in Crivello Hall. The theme this year is Art Dances! The students will perform original dances that they created in Choreography Design Labs. Please join us for an exciting production!

DJ Classes…

We will be having a free demo class with SOS Entertainment for our "Little Spin" DJ Class on November 18 (Tuesday!) at 3:30 pm. Please see the attached flyer: find it here.


Posted by dlang in 11. November on Sunday November 9
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News for the Week of November 2, 2014...

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Parker students enjoyed a variety of activities this week. Our seventh graders traveled to a selection of San Diego locations for Community Awareness Day. Below are a few scenes from our students who volunteered at the Chancellor McGill School.

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We also celebrated Halloween this week with a Community Meeting and our annual Halloween parade and costume contest.

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On Saturday, our robotics team took home a second place project award and qualified as one of only eight teams to advance to the Southern California Championships at Legoland this December. Congratulations team members and Coach Ceri Keith.

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Finally, a follow up from last Saturday’s trip to the Society of Women Engineers National Conference/ Invent It. Build It. EXPO in Los Angeles. The event was sold out with over 500 middle school girls in attendance. Teachers Jennifer Dorsey and Heather Heilman chaperoned our Parker girls who co-created two projects with the resident women engineers, developed a solid understanding of what it means to be an "engineer," and learned how to pursue an engineering education.2014-11-01.jpg

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

Smiles,

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Upcoming Dates...

11/4/14 -  Middle School Book Fair Opens

11/4/14 -  MS Band/Chorus/Percussion performance evening

11/12/14 - MS Admissions Open House

11/13/14 - MS Dance Performance

11/14/14 - 7th and 8th Grade Dance

Linda vista drop off...

While morning drop may present some challenges, your child's safety is our number one concern. With that in mind, please do not drop off your children on Linda Vista road to bypass the drop off area. It is dangerous, illegal and causes more back ups. Thank you in advance for your help and support. 

Drama Presentations…

Sixth and seventh grade students will be performing during class time on Friday, November 7 as follows:

6th grade: 9:45 to 10:35

7th grade: 1:05 to 1:55 pm

Band, Chorus, and Percussion Performance...

Middle School Band, Chorus and Percussion will be performing on November 4 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in J. Crivello Hall.

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.

Dance Concert...

Invitation to the Middle School Dance Concert! The Middle School Dance classes will perform in the Taking Turns Concert on Thursday, November 13 at 4:00pm in J. Crivello Hall. The theme this year is Art Dances! The students will perform original dances that they created in Choreography Design Labs. Please join us for an exciting production!

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.

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 previously and have your child return it to his or her English teacher.

Posted by dlang in 11. November on Friday November 7 at 02:33PM
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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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