From sessions on changing demographics and the differences between, Boomer, Xer, and Millennial families, to Design Thinking, Global Education, and Data Driven Decision Making, this was two days filled with deep learning. Always at the center of our learning is how we can best prepare our students for a world that is constantly evolving, often times into a world that looks very different from the one we adults inhabited as PK-12 students.
While the annual conference always provides excellent take-aways and ideas for growth here at Parker, my best take away from this year’s conference is how much is going very well here at home. With many sessions encouraging schools to embrace Design Thinking, I was happy to note Parker is in the second year of our Design Thinking journey. With many presentations on assessment data, curriculum planning, and coordination of learning outcomes, I was again pleased to note that Parker is in year two of an ongoing multi-year examination of our curricular scope and sequence. Global citizenship is specifically called out as a necessary component of a 21st Century education. With our initial work on Discovery Week dating back to 2007, and even further if we consider our former Spanish Language trips to Mexico, I am pleased to tell you that Parker students are on the leading edge. The complementary Global Trips program in the Upper School extends this learning, and our own Tom Crowley attended the conference as a presenter on the subject.
On the subject of Discovery Week, this week our eighth grade students will travel both to Los Angeles and locally to visit the embassies of our destination countries and relevant other learning experiences.
As always, thank you for partnering with us during this amazing time in your child’s life. Should you want to know more about the annual conference, you may visit the website: find it here. In the coming weeks, our teachers will be presenting at the inaugural San Diego Independent and Private Schools Network Conference: The Art of Possibility. Just another indication that your children are in the best hands.
Thank you for checking out all we do here “in the Middle.”
3/4 - Middle School Band/Chorus Concert - J. Crivello Hall - 5:00 p.m.
3/5 - 8th Grade Global Awareness Day Field Trip to Various Consulates in Los Angeles and Locally to Additional Relevant Learning Opportunities
3/5 - 6th Grade Drama Class Performances - Galli-Curci PAC - 8:00 a.m.
3/6 - 8th Grade Drama Class Performances - Galli-Curci PAC - 11:40 a.m.
3/7 - County History Day
3/12 - Ikidarod!
3/27 - MS Band Festival in Orange County - returning to Parker by 10:00 pm.
Ikidarod Volunteers Needed….
On Thursday, March 12th, 2015 the 6th graders will journey to the beach where our sled teams will race from Tourmaline Beach to the South Mission Beach Jetty. The kids will be working on projects in class for the next few weeks to prepare for this event. There will be designated volunteers at each station that will take care of the teams. We need VOLUNTEERS. Please sign up on the following link: Ikidarod Volunteer Signup Sheet
Katy Philyaw (Parent Ikidarod Coordinator) firstname.lastname@example.org
Megan Costa (Parent Volunteer Coordinator) email@example.com)
Eighth Grade Yearbook Ads...
Dear Eighth Grade Parents:
Don’t miss out on the opportunity to honor your eighth grader’s accomplishments with a personalized ad to be featured in this year’s yearbook. Each ad costs fifty dollars, and includes one picture, as well as a short, personalized message addressed to your child. Reserving an ad in the yearbook is completely optional. If you would like to participate, please send/email the following items to Genny Moller (Room 6201) or to the Middle School Office by Wednesday, March 11th:
1. Cash or a check made out to Francis Parker for fifty dollars
2. A short message (approximately 50 words or so) addressed to your child and emailed firstname.lastname@example.org
3. A photo of your child from any time in his or her life. You may email the photo to email@example.com, or send in a hard copy with your child’s name and advisor printed clearly on the back. The pictures will be scanned and returned to your child by the end of the year.
Please contact Genny Moller at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Thank you!
You are invited to the joint MS & US "Spring Forward" dance concert in Crivello Hall at 4pm on Thursday, March 12. The students have worked hard on their choreography projects and look forward to performing for you.
Sixth Grade Drama Presentation on Friday, March 6 during D block
Seventh Grade Drama Presentation on Friday, March 6 during G block
Dress Rehearsal for Sixth Grade on Wednesday, March 4 during D block
Dress Rehearsal for Seventh Grade on Thursday, March 5 during G block
Summer Program Information...
Since the mailing of the paper catalogue and the release of the online comprehensive version earlier this week, new courses have been added. To review course descriptions, please go to www.francisparker.org/summer. Once again: Summer Program registration for all courses and activities kicks off on Tuesday, March 10 at 9:00 am.
Please note the following new course titles:
NEW! Art and Design, offered by Margo Sharpe (Session II)
NEW! Beginning and Intermediate Guitar, offered by Darleen Herriman (Session II)
NEW! Design Thinking: Stop Motion Animation, offered by Lindsey Bushard (Session I)
NEW! From Cool to Catchy: The Art and & Craft of Songwriting for Beginners, offered by Randy Phillips and Keven Ford (Session I)
NEW! Paint Like the Masters, offered by Melanie Taylor (Session I)
NEW! Paint Like the Masters, offered by Melanie Taylor (Session I)
NEW! Summer Stock Theater: “13,” directed by Elise Marinkovich – Now open to Upper School students as well as Middle School students (Session I)
Tennis Camp descriptions will be provided by the Barnes Tennis Center shortly, and then published online.
Notes from Nurse Maggie...
Immunization Personal Exemption Rates Are Low at Parker: There was a recent article in the U-T San Diego newspaper: find it here, concerning private and charter schools having the highest vaccination exemption rates. Parker, however, has a very low rate of personal exemptions with only about 2% of our student body having a personal exemption on file. 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 email@example.com or call at 619-717-0235.
Pitch in on Our Prom Dress Drive! Cinderella’s Attic is collecting formal dresses gowns and accessories for its upcoming Prom Boutique, an event providing free formal wear to high school girls that can’t afford to buy a prom dress. Check your closet for unwanted gowns, bride’s maid dresses, shoes, jewelry and accessories. Those items will go a long way towards building the confidence and self esteem in a young girl trying to look and feel her best. We accept new and gently used formal dresses, shoes, purses, shawls and jewelry. All donations are tax deductible. Donations can be dropped off at the Upper School office, Community Service Office or the Administration building. Contact Carol Jensen, Director of Community Programs 858 569-7900 x4112