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News for the Week of April 21...

Dear Upper School Parents,

Francis Parker is known nationally as being an appropriately academically challenging yet supportive secondary school. We are committed to having students learn how to work hard and find joy in and out of the classroom. Consequently, we frequently reflect upon the question- how do we ensure that we are challenging our students without overwhelming them along the way? Two areas that we have been examining with this question in mind include the daily schedule and homework. As mentioned previously, in the three divisions we have been engaged in a thorough examination of how to develop a daily schedule to strike the balance between academic rigor and student well being. We are designing a grade 6-12 complementary schedule for next year. While drawing inspiration from a number of other schools' schedules and acknowledging the needs of our own faculty and student body, our Steering Committee developed our ten guiding principles which include: establishing passing time between classes for students and faculty, creating time for faculty collaboration, eliminating pulling students from one class for the sake of another, minimizing or eliminating early sports dismissal, including appropriate daily time for programs (e.g. assemblies and Town Hall meetings), and creating a later start for students at least one day a week while maintaining the spirit of the current middle school schedule. Over the past weeks, we have had faculty discussions and meetings, both formal and informal student and faculty drop in sessions and open forums, a meeting with ASB (student council), and a presentation to the P.A. Executive Committee. We have taken the input and suggestions and are reworking the templates so that we can continue to enhance the educational experience of our students while bringing more balance into their day. Looking ahead over the next few weeks we will have another faculty meeting and then share the schedule plan to parents for additional input as we continue to reinforce our commitment to academic excellence and student wellness.  

Concurrently, in the upper school we are having a task force study our homework demands in order to make recommendations to ensure that we keep our academic rigor while helping students maintain a balanced lifestyle. This task force has been looking at other schools' policies and current educational research to inform their thinking about homework. They hope to address questions which include: What is the purpose of homework? What is meaningful homework? How much homework is appropriate for each grade level? What does current research show about the correlation of homework and success on assessments? What is the point of diminishing return on assigned homework? Moreover, the group is examining and identifying helpful guidelines for faculty and students so that students are appropriately challenged but not overwhelmed by school work.

We are excited by our examination of these areas as we continue to build upon our many successes and always keep an eye out to see how can continue to be a tremendously successful educational environment. Your voice is important to helping us determine our course as we look ahead so if have not completed the ISAACS survey you are encouraged to do so. 

Best,

Paul I. Barsky  

 

Key Dates:

Apr. 23 E-Waste Drive 6:45-8:15 AM Linda Vista Campus Parking Lot

Apr. 25-27 California State History Day Competition

Apr. 28 No Classes - Professional Development Day for Faculty

Apr. 29 Current Landscape of College Admission

The College Counseling Office invites all Upper School parents to a special panel presentation concerning the Current Landscape of College Admission which will be held on Tuesday, April 29 at 1:00 pm in Crivello Hall. Veteran admission counselors from the University of Virginia, Wake Forest University, Emory University, Carleton College, the University of Puget Sound and Lafayette College will be on hand to address trends, explain their methods of evaluation and provide tips so that you can have a better understanding of the college admission process. We look forward to seeing you there for this event.

Apr. 30 Grandparents and Special Friends Day 8:15 AM-12:30 PM

May 1-3 Student Theatre Production (The Last 5 Years) 7:30-9:30 PM Crivello Hall

Rogue Theater presents: The Last Five Years
Curtain: 7:30pm
Where: J. Crivello Hall

Reserve Tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-last-five-years-tickets-10231866789    Rogue Theater is a club at Francis Parker School comprised of student artists. This is a student-run production.

May 5-16 AP Exams

May 5 Final parent ed speaker (see below for details) following PA meeting

May 9 Leadercast Event 8:00 AM-3:30 PM Crivello Hall

May 10 Gala 6:00-11:00 PM Hyatt Regency La Jolla

May 16 Junior Class Day of Fun

May 16 Prom 5:30-11:00 PM Site TBA

May 19-21 12th Grade Finals (non-AP classes) Schedule tbd

May 20 Spring Arts Festival 3:30-8:00 PM

May 21-22 12th Grade Disney Grad Nite 2:00 PM-5:00 AM Disneyland Theme Park

May 22 - The Sophomore class hosts the US Faculty Appreciation Breakfast.

May 26 School Closed in observance of Memorial Day

May 28 Spring Sports Banquet 6:00 PM FH

May 29 12th Grade Honors Dinner 6:00-8:00 PM FH

May 30 Full day of school (change from past years)

Yearbook Assembly 10:45 AM FH

May 31 Commencement 4:00 PM Lancer Lawn
Grad Nite for Seniors 11:00 PM-5:00 AM

 

And...

From the W.A.R. Lords (Parker's robotics team): 

Recently, the Francis Parker FIRST Robotics Team, Team 2485, W.A.R. Lords (We Are Robot Lords) competed at the FRC Las Vegas Regional. At the end of qualification matches the team was seeded 1st. During Alliance selection for the elimination rounds our team selected Team 987, the High Rollers from Cimarron High School, Las Vegas, NV and Team 2478, Westwood Robotics from Mesa, AZ. By the end of the finals we had won the Las Vegas Regional, defeating several popular and well-regarded teams on the way to the top. We were further honored with an Excellence in Engineering Award for our multiple-shot type producing catapult mechanism. It was an exciting event for us all, and best of all, it qualified us for the Championship in St. Louis. As a side note; we are ranked 6th in the world in CCWM (calculated contribution to winning margin) and 9th in OPR (offensive power rating). Thanks to all our fans and supporters.

From Lisa Roudebush:

Congratulations to Parker Advanced and Intermediate Chamber Orchestras (AKA PACO & PICO) for a wonderful performance at the Spring Strings Concert and then going to to win a gold rating at festival! I am so proud of my marvelous musicians!

Keeping the JOY in parenting:
Come hear Speaker Mary Tamborski speak on Positive Discipline and Creative Connections at the Final Parent Ed event of the year!!
Monday May 5th immediately following the PA meeting at the lower school..

Are you are looking to have a summer with filled with fun memories, cooperation, mutual respect, responsibility, less sibling rivalry, and overall a sense of peace and connection in the home?
Mary Nelsen Tamborski will teach several valuable Positive Discipline Tools for you to have your summer Tool Belts fully loaded: " As a Mother of three young boys, I know that summer break is not actually a "break" at all."
Positive Discipline by Jane Nelsen is based on the theories of psychiatrist and humanitarian Alfred Adler and Rudolf Driekers. Positive Discipline is designed to teach young people to become responsible, respectful and encouraging for both children and adults.
Questions? Please contact Temple Zander pa-parented@francisparker.org


 

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News for the Week of April 7

Dear Upper School Parents,

I trust it was a good week. I am excited to pass on that our robotics team just won Las Vegas regionals over the weekend, and we are headed to the world championships! This is the product of such great dedication from students, faculty advisors and parent mentors. Well done W.A.R.Lords! You continue to raise the bar. Looking ahead, please do note the Key Dates below because there is much going on the field, in the concert hall, and on both campuses, and I look forward to seeing you at some of these upcoming events. In the meantime, please know that second trimester grades and comments are posted. It is a wonderful opportunity for you to talk with your child about his or her progress while identifying individual points of pride and areas for growth. Our goal is that your child will finish off the year off strong and with confidence.

Best,

Paul I. Barsky

Key Dates

Apr. 7-11 ASB Election Week

Apr. 7 Come hear great lecturer (and very experienced parent) Susie Walton immediately following the PA meeting ( which starts approx. 8:30) at the Lower School. She will be discussing:

Self Management: How parents can "let go" and start their kids on a path to interdependence"
Natural and logical consequences, modeling and connecting with "mistakes" as learning opportunities.
Differences in girls vs boys on this topic.
Any questions? please email Temple Zander at pa-parented@francisparker.org

Apr. 8 Lancers Playing at PETCO Park!

Come join the Lancer family and cheer on the varsity baseball team in a game against La Jolla Country Day School on Tuesday, April 8 at 5 pm in PETCO Park. Thanks to the generosity of the Padres, admission and parking will be free.

Reserve your tickets online now at: Upper School:
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/parker-at-petco-park-upper-school-tickets-11094950295 or the short link http://bit.ly/1m6X7Y4

In consideration of others, please limit group ticket reservations to 6 per order. Fans reserving tickets by noon, can pick up tickets the following school day at their division office. Any unreserved tickets will be made available starting Friday, April 4 and at the ticket gate. Free parking will be available at the Lexus Lot (Imperial and Park Blvd. across the street from the stadium). Go Lancers!

Apr. 9 (2:45 pm at Mission Hills Campus) There is a food services open forum for students, parents, faculty and staff to chat about the food service program

Apr. 10 "Spring Forward" Dance Performance 3:00-4:30 PM Crivello Hall

You Are Invited! To the US Dance Concert "Spring Forward" performance. It is on Thursday, April 10th at 3:15 in Crivello Hall. Join us as we complete our journey through The New York Times. The Dance students will be performing original choreography projects including Ballet, Contemporary & Hip Hop styles. Please come out ad support the dance curriculum at Parker. This final show of the year will last approximately 45 minutes and admission is free!

Apr. 14-18 Spring Break

Apr. 23 E-Waste Drive 6:45-8:15 AM Linda Vista Campus Parking Lot (see below for more details)

Apr. 25-27 California State History Day Competition

Apr. 28 No Classes - Professional Development Day for Faculty

Apr. 30 Grandparents and Special Friends Day 8:15 AM-12:30 PM

May 1-3 Student Theatre Production (The Last 5 Years) 7:30-9:30 PM Crivello Hall

May 5-16 AP Exams

May 5 Speaker Mary Tamborski on Positive Discipline and Creative Connections (see below for more details)

May 9 Leadercast Event 8:00 AM-3:30 PM Crivello Hall

May 10 Gala 6:00-11:00 PM Hyatt Regency La Jolla

May 16 Junior Class Day of Fun

May 16 Prom 5:30-11:00 PM Site TBA

May 19-21 12th Grade Finals (non-AP classes) Schedule tbd

May 20 Spring Arts Festival 3:30-8:00 PM

May 21-22 12th Grade Disney Grad Nite 2:00 PM-5:00 AM Disneyland Theme Park

 

Class of 2014

May 5-16 - AP Exams

http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/public/exam/calendar/index.html

May 16 - Prom (5:30-11)

Official Senior Ditch Day

May 19-21-- Senior Non AP Finals

May 20 - Spring Arts Festival (3:30-8)

May 21- Disney Night (back 5am 22nd, no classes)

May 23- Makeup finals day for Seniors

May 26- Memorial Day

May 27- Last Official Day for Seniors (Get back tests, etc)

May 28 - Transition Program for Seniors in the Morning

Sports Banquet evening

May 29 - No class

6:00 pm Honors Assembly (Fieldhouse) Come celebrate the academic accomplishments of the Class of 2014 at this special event.

May 30- Yearbook assembly (10:30), Kinderbuddies Lunch (11:30), Commencement rehearsal (12:15-3)

May 31 - Commencement (4:00)

 

 And...

We will once again be hosting an e-waste (electronic waste) recycling event on both campuses in partnership with the University of San Diego

Here are some more details for the e-waste event being held on Wednesday April 23rd

on the LV campus
7:00-8:00am during morning drop off

On MH campus 7:30-8:30 during drop off

Basically, if it plugs in we will take it. There is nothing we cant take except for things like tires, paint, light bulbs, and alkaline batteries (lead batteries or car batteries or cell phone batteries are great though).

- All Appliances including dish washers, ovens, stoves, microwaves, etc
- TV's: Big boxy ones and flat screens
- All Computer related parts
- Vacuums, garden tools, and other old exercise equipment
- Cell phones and any type of PDA or tablet.
- DVD/VHS players and any type of audio/visual equipment
- Printers, fax machines, copy machines, scanners
- Gaming consoles (and all games and CD's and floppy disks, etc -- any type of media)
- Any type of wireless equipment or networking equipment

Click here to download the CEW form

Keeping the JOY in parenting.
Come hear Speaker Mary Tamborski speak on Positive Discipline and Creative Connections at the Final Parent Ed event of the year!!
Monday May 5th immediately following the PA meeting at the lower school..

Are you are looking to have a summer with filled with fun memories, cooperation, mutual respect, responsibility, less sibling rivalry, and overall a sense of peace and connection in the home?
Mary Nelsen Tamborski will teach several valuable Positive Discipline Tools for you to have your summer Tool Belts fully loaded: " As a Mother of three young boys, I know that summer break is not actually a "break" at all."
Positive Discipline by Jane Nelsen is based on the theories of psychiatrist and humanitarian Alfred Adler and Rudolf Driekers. Positive Discipline is designed to teach young people to become responsible, respectful and encouraging for both children and adults.
Questions? Please contact Temple Zander pa-parented@francisparker.org

From Carol Jensen (Director of Community Programs):

Community Service Deadline April 9 is the deadline for Community Service project forms to be completed and submitted. The daily bulletin and Community Service website page has information about projects.

Canoe Club Child Care Madeleine Williams, Class of 2015, has formed a non-profit 501(c)3 which will provide babysitting services for military families during deployment. Volunteers are needed to babysit in the Coronado area. Applications are available in the Community Service Office. These hours will be approved for Community Service.

Congrats to Adeline Longstreth (Class of 2014)

Congratulations to Adeline on being awarded the San Diego Young Latina of the Year award. She spoke about experience with the low numbers of Latinas in STEM and noted that she would not be where she is without the support and encouragement of her Parker teachers. 

From ASB:

Many congratulations to ASB on receiving CASL Outstanding Activities Award. 

From left to right:
Sandi Kurland - CASL Executive Director
Grace Sellick - Francis Parker ASB Communications Director
Nicole Nordstrom - CASL President


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News for the Week of March 31

Dear Upper School Parents, 

I hope that it has been a good week for you and the family as we move effortlessly into spring. It has been a great and busy weekend. We had the final performances of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) as performed by the Upper School Theatre Arts Department under the direction of Gordon Cantiello; it was a hoot! Last night, there were a couple of wine parties to prepare for the upcoming Parker Gala, and on Friday night a couple of student athletes Tanner Aiono and Zach Schmid, both from Class of 2014, were honored along with our own Coach John Morrison by the National Football Foundation. John received the Meritorious Coach of the Year award, and I can say that it is a fitting testament to John's success and commitment to the students. We are indeed so proud of him!

As mentioned previously,  in the three divisions we have been engaged in a thorough examination of how to develop a daily schedule to strike the balance between academic rigor and well being. By making use of surveys such as the ISACS and others that contributed to our WASC accreditation and the Strategic Plan, we are designing a grade 6-12 complementary schedule for next year. While drawing inspiration from a number of other schools' schedules and acknowledging the needs of our own faculty and student body, our Steering Committee developed our guiding principles which include: establishing passing time between classes for students and faculty, creating time for faculty collaboration, eliminating pulling students from one class for the sake of another, minimizing or eliminating early sports dismissal, including appropriate daily time for programs, and examining the possibility of a later start for students at least one day a week while maintaining the spirit of the current middle school schedule. Again, the goal is to slow down what can be a frantic pace for students and faculty alike. We want students to have the opportunity to settle down and focus instead of having to dash to their next class. We are confident that a thoughtfully crafted schedule will enhance the educational experience of our students while bringing some more balance into their day. We have brought templates which are "a work in progress" to faculty and will be meeting with students this week to get their input as the process continues to unfold. Following that component, we will share the results with parents for more input as we move forward and as we continue to reinforce our commitment to academic excellence and student wellness.  

Best,

Paul I. Barsky

Key Dates:

Apr. 4 Mr. FPS Event 6:00-9:00 PM Crivello Hall

Apr. 7-11 ASB Election Week

Apr. 7 Come hear great lecturer (and very experienced parent) Susie Walton immediately following the PA meeting ( which starts approx. 8:30) at the Lower School.  She will be discussing:

  • Self Management: How parents can "let go" and start their kids on a path to interdependence"
  • Natural and logical consequences, modeling and connecting with "mistakes" as learning opportunities.
  • Differences in girls vs boys on this topic. 

Any questions? please email Temple Zander at pa-parented@francisparker.org

Apr. 8 Lancers Playing at PETCO Park!

Come join the Lancer family and cheer on the varsity baseball team in a game against La Jolla Country Day School on Tuesday, April 8 at 5 pm in PETCO Park. Thanks to the generosity of the Padres, admission and parking will be free.

Reserve your tickets online now at:
Upper School:
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/parker-at-petco-park-upper-school-tickets-11094950295 or the short link http://bit.ly/1m6X7Y4

In consideration of others, please limit group ticket reservations to 6 per order. Fans reserving tickets by noon, can pick up tickets the following school day at their division office. Any unreserved tickets will be made available starting Friday, April 4 and at the ticket gate. Free parking will be available at the Lexus Lot (Imperial and Park Blvd. across the street from the stadium). Go Lancers!

Apr. 9 (2:45 pm at Mission Hills Campus) There is a food services open forum for students, parents, faculty and staff to chat about the food service program

Apr. 10 "Spring Forward" Dance Performance 3:00-4:30 PM Crivello Hall

You Are Invited! To the US Dance Concert "Spring Forward" performance. It
is on Thursday, April 10th at 3:15 in Crivello Hall. Join us as we complete our journey through The New York Times. The Dance students will be performing original choreography projects including Ballet, Contemporary & Hip Hop styles. Please come out ad support the dance curriculum at Parker. The show will last approximately 45 minutes and admission is free!

Apr. 14-18 Spring Break

Apr. 23 E-Waste Drive 6:45-8:15 AM Linda Vista Campus Parking Lot

Apr. 25-27 California State History Day Competition

Apr. 28 No Classes - Professional Development Day for Faculty

Apr. 30 Grandparents and Special Friends Day 8:15 AM-12:30 PM

May 1-3 Student Theatre Production (The Last 5 Years) 7:30-9:30 PM Crivello Hall

May 5-16 AP Exams

May 10 Gala

May 16 Junior Class Day of Fun

May 16 Prom


Class of 2014

May 5-16 - AP Exams

http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/public/exam/calendar/index.html

May 16 - Prom (5:30-11)

Official Senior Ditch Day

May 19-21-- Senior Non AP Finals

May 20 - Spring Arts Festival (3:30-8)

May 21- Disney Night (back 5am 22nd, no classes)

May 23- Makeup finals day for Seniors

May 26- Memorial Day

May 27- Last Official Day for Seniors (Get back tests, etc)

May 28 - Transition Program for Seniors in the Morning

                Sports Banquet evening

May 29 - No class

6:00 pm Honors Assembly (Fieldhouse) Come celebrate the academic accomplishments of the Class of 2014 at this special event.

May 30- Yearbook assembly (10:30), Kinderbuddies Lunch (11:30), Commencement rehearsal (12:15-3)

May 31 - Commencement (4:00)


Class of 2015

Thank you to all the Junior Class parents who generously donated items and/or volunteered their time to help make the Upper School Faculty and Staff Appreciation Breakfast a huge success.  The faculty and staff were treated to quite a feast and they LOVED it!  It was a wonderful way to show OUR appreciation for all that they do for our kids.  We could not have done it without you!!  Maureen McFarlane and Celia Zimmerman

From Susan Moerder (Head of Science Department):

There are multiple summer opportunities for students to be involved with scientific researchers this summer. One week and three week courses are available during which students collect data and work hand in hand with faculty from UCSD, the University of Arizona or the University of Hawaii, Hilo. Applications are now being accepted. Earn pre-college credits at the same time and get an official college transcript. See the bulletin board in the Viterbi Science Center or contact Mrs. Moerder at ext. 4151 for more information.

 

Posted by us-newsletter on Sunday March 30
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