Dear Middle School Families,
As we look toward May and the last full month of school, the calendar is filled with opportunities to celebrate, and for our students to demonstrate their learning. In just the first week, 8th Grade students will present their Discovery Week portfolios, and five of our performing arts ensembles will be adjudicated at festival performances. Please see the Discovery Week celebration information and sign up sheets below, we would appreciate your help.
In another “rite of spring” in the coming week, all Middle School students will take the CTP4 test produced by the Electronic Records Bureau. In the past few years, we have moved to the electronic version of the test as it is adaptive to each child and therefore gives us a more accurate reflection of learning. Please support us this week by making sure your child has a fully charged iPad with her or him each day. While no preparation is necessary for the CTP4, we do encourage a good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast for students to do their best. Students begin the week with verbal reasoning, take math 1 and 2 on Tuesday, reading comprehension on Wednesday, and quantitative reasoning on Thursday. Students are allowed a calculator on the second math section and should bring one on Tuesday. Please note, phone, iPads, or other devices with a calculator built in are not allowed. For a full view of the week’s schedule you may: find it here.
A new addition to the calendar this week is the Leukemia and Lymphoma Awareness Carnival. Organized by eleventh grade student Hershey Suri, the event asks Middle School students to participate in an after school competition between advisories this Friday, April 29. Hershey’s event is certainly timely as just this week Parker has experienced a loss to Leukemia. Your child will be receiving an email with a link to sign up, and it is included here for convenience as well: Leukemia and Lymphoma Awareness Carnival Signup
Finally, enjoy these photos of our students at the Linda Vista Multicultural Faire:
Thank you for checking out all we do here “in the Middle.”
- 5/4: DW Portfolio Presentations begin at 3:30
- 5/4: DW 8-9th Grade Transition Meeting
- 5/6: Guitar/Strings/Band/Chorus/Percussion Festival
- 5/6-5/7: California State History Day
- 5/9-5/13: Renaissance Museum
- 5/11-17: Drama Tech Week
- 5/13: Renaissance Faire
- 5/13: All School Dance Party
- 5/16-5/20: Life Skills
Discovery Week Celebration, May 4...
Thank you so much for sharing your child with us during Discovery Week. The trip was amazing, and I hope your child has been sharing highlights with you. They are spending some time this week and next completing their own assessment of their participation, and incorporating their experiences into their e-Portfolios. We would like your feedback as well. Below you will find some important links regarding the Global Education - ePortfolio Presentations, and a link to a form for feedback about Discovery Week. We appreciate your help in making our program the best it can be.
Potluck Dinner Sign Up
During the Global Presentations we will have a potluck dinner. If you are willing to bring a dish for that dinner, please sign up on the form below.
Discovery Week Potluck - 5/4
General Information Flyer about the Global Education - ePortfolio Presentations
Students will be presenting their e-Portfolios on May 4. In addition, there is the final 8-9 transition meeting following the presentations, and a final Discovery Week wrap up. Please see the flyer for times.
Global Presentations 5-4-16.pdf
Student Assignments for the ePortfolio Presentations
We would like parents to be present for their child's presentation. They will also see three other students present. Please contact Jeremy Howard if you absolutely cannot make the time that your child is signed up for.
E-Portfolio Presentations - Schedule by Student
ePortfolio Presentations - Parent Guidelines
Discovery Week - Parent Feedback
Please take a few minutes to fill out the survey found through the link below. Your feedback will help make the program better, and we appreciate it!
Discovery Week - Parent Feedback 2016
Hear ye! Hear ye! The Renaissance Fair team is looking for seventh grade parents and friends to volunteer at the annual Renaissance Fair. On Friday, May 13, 2016, the Middle School campus will be transformed into a Renaissance Fair, complete with Renaissance activities for students. In order to make this event a success, we need your help.
Please indicate your willingness to help out by adding your name to the sign-up sheet. We are in particular need of parent help leading afternoon activities. For all of the events that are in need of a leader, we have supplies on campus. All you need to do is come in next week to inventory supplies and check instructions.
A full schedule of events for Renaissance Fair Day is available here.
Please contact Mary Ong-Dean (email@example.com) with any questions. Thank you for your willingness to help create a memorable event for our students.
Black & White Ball Action Preview
Click here for a preview of all the amazing silent, premium and live action items up for bid at the Black & White Ball. Bidding opens up for silent and premium items on April 24 and concludes during the Black & White Ball on May 7. You can bid on and win items even if you are not attending the Ball. For those of you not attending the Black & White Ball, you will be able to register to bid remotely on April 24 when the silent and premium auctions go live. For those of you attending the Ball, watch for an email later this week with you bid number so you can also begin bidding on April 24.
ERBs and Your Child’s iPad - 7th and 8th Grade Families…
Our annual external measurement of progress the Comprehensive Testing Protocol 4 (CAT4) published by the Electronic Records Bureau (ERB) is coming up during the week of April 24.
If you have placed restrictions on your child’s iPad, we need you to turn them off during the testing week, as the software will need access to a secure website. If you prefer to leave the restrictions in place, we will provide your child with an alternate solution.
To help us with this process, please complete the following form: find it here
Whose life will you save today? Will it be your co-worker? Someone's sister, wife or child? You never know who you will save. Please donate at our blood drive.
Francis Parker School
Upper School Commons
6501 Linda Vista Road
San Diego, CA, 92111
Wednesday Apr 27, 2016
8:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Sponsor Code: FPS
Click here to make an appointment
All donors must show picture identification.
Appointments honored first. Walk-ins are welcome.
Used Uniform Collection…
During the next two weeks, our Parent’s Association will be conducting a Used Uniform Collection in both the Middle School and the Upper School. Look for tall bins (new tall marked trashcan bins) placed around campus (commons, ASB, breezeway, etc.)
Summer App Camp…
Looking for a summer coding opportunity? Here is some information regarding an App Camp for Girls in Orange County. http://appcamp4girls.com/camps/orange-county