Dear Upper School Parents,
As we head towards Commencement 2015, I have the opportunity to give as a gift to some seniors, who will be speaking at end of the year assemblies, a work that I feel honors their time here at Parker. This year I am giving Marcus Aurelius's Meditations. As a Stoic philosopher-king, he wanted to capture personal philosophies which are as prescient today as they were in the second century. His work causes us to pause as we reflect upon our relationship to the community and to our own self. As the students look to complete their year and upcoming exams with care and commitment, they like us might find comfort from Aurelius's teachings regarding facing large projects. He notes, " Begin - to begin is half the work, let half still remain; again begin this, and thou wilt have finished."
Here is to finishing the year with much pride and accomplishment.
Dear Sophomore Parents,
The Class of 2017 will be hosting the Upper School Faculty Appreciation Breakfast on Thursday, May 21st. Please click on the link below to sign up. Items will be collected at drop off on the morning of the event. Thank you for your help.
Katy Philyaw and Patsy Tomlin
Click Here to Sign Up!
UPCOMING KEY DATES
May 18-20 9:00AM-2:30PM 12th Grade Finals LV Campus
May 19 3:30-7:30PM Spring Arts Night JCH
May 21 8AM-12PM 12th Gr. Transition to College NCB
12:30-2:00PM Sr-K Buddy Event JCH
May 22 8AM-3:00PM Junior Day of Fun Lawn
May 26-27 2PM-5AM Disney Grad Nite (12th Gr.) Disney
May 27 6:00-9:30PM Spring Sports Banquet FH
May 28 10:45-11:30AM Yearbook Assembly FH
5:30-8:00PM Senior Dinner FH
May 29 12-3:00PM Commencement Rehearsal Lawn
May 30 4:00-6:00PM Commencement Lawn
11PM-5AM Grad Nite Gym
June 4-10 9-11AM Final Exams LV Campus
June 11 No Classes
June 12 Last Day of Classes
12:45-2:00PM End of year Assembly FH
June 15-18 8AM-3PM Faculty PD Days
June 15 9AM-3PM College Workshop (11th gr.) JCH
June 16 9AM-3PM College Workshop (11th gr.) JCH
June 17 9AM-12PM MAKE UP for students who have not completed their work College Workshop (11th) JCH
June 22 Summer School Begins
NEW BOOK ORDERING PROCEDURE
Parker will no longer be using MBS Direct as its book source. Instead, we will post a list of required books and other reading materials by class (“Required Materials”) on our website. This site will provide families with detailed information about each publication for the 2015-2016 school year, along with recommended sources for purchasing these publications (e.g., Amazon). We are confident that this will help make the ordering of books more efficient and user friendly.
Our Business Office will apply a prorated billing credit in October to families who receive financial assistance for the Required Materials based on an estimated cost.
NEPAL EARTHQUAKE RELIEF FUND
The mother of Ria (Grade 2) and Shaan (JK) Soni is from Nepal. Ranju Soni and her husband, Dr. Sandeep Soni, are supporting the American Nepal Medical Foundation which is providing trauma care, medical supplies and other services to victims. They wanted to let the Parker community know that donations are welcomed at http://americanepalmedicalfoundation.
Tim Katzman and the Summer Program office wish to remind Parker families that the start of our Summer Program is only five weeks distant. Session I begins on June 22
and Session II begins on July 13
. There are still places available in most courses, afternoon activities and in many sports camps. This coming summer's program features 23 new academic courses and sports camps,sprinkled across the three divisions. For course descriptions, pricing and registration information, families should go to www.francisparker.org/summer
Assistance can also be provided by calling the Summer Program office on 858.569.7900, Extension 4109
(Monique Velde) or Extension 4236 (Tim Katzman).
Things to Celebrate and Enjoy
On behalf of Mary Ong-Dean and Cherie Redelings, we want to celebrate the hard work of our History Day competitors. As Ms. Ong-Dean notes, "We're very proud of our students, and the work they have put into their projects." A special thank you goes out to our parent volunteers who accompanied our spirited team to Sacramento!
Senior Division (High School)
Pragmatism, Patience, and Luck: Elizabeth I's Successful Rule
Senior Individual Performance State Champion (advancing to Nationals)
Norman Borlaug: Leadership and Legacy
Senior Individual Website Finalist
The Captain: Jacques-Yves Cousteau and his Silent Legacy
Senior Individual Website State Champion (advancing to Nationals)
Ben Sachrison, Daniel Leibowitz, Isaac Gray, M. Connor Smith
A Unique Position: Reagan, Gorbachev, and the End of the Cold War
Senior Group Website State Champion (advancing to Nationals)
Emma Steiner and Sophia Swedback
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: Literary Voice of the Gulags
Senior Group Website Runner Up
Ride, Sally, Ride: The Leadership and Legacy of Sally Ride
Senior Individual Exhibit Runner Up
Soren Hansen, Olivia Ghosh, Pedro Gallardo, Robert Brownlie, Zach Bernstein
Ho Chi Minh
Senior Group Exhibit Runner Up
Ben Clark and Elijah Gross-Sable
Necessary Trouble: The Legacy of Washington's and DuBois' Conflicting Leadership
Senior Group Documentary Honorable Mention
Boys Lacrosse The Lancer Lacrosse team is 6-3 overall and 6-0 in league play after their two games last week. The seeding for the CIF Division II playoffs will be on Saturday, May 16 and they will play their first match on Wednesday, May 20.
Baseball is 17-10 overall and 5-5 in Coastal League action after their 7-5 loss to LJCD yesterday. The Lancers will play on Tuesday, May 19 on Greenberg Field against Santa Fe Christian in their last regular season game of the year.
Softball is 13-8 overall and 7-2 in the Coastal League. They will finish up their Coastal League schedule on Monday, May 18 at Horizon. They will hopefully qualify for the CIF DII playoffs which will be held next week.
Girls Lacrosse Last Saturday the Lancer’s season came to an end in the first round of Division II CIF playoffs against El Camino High School.
Golf Our boys’ golf team ran their Coastal League record to 10-0 and won the Coastal League title with big wins two weeks ago over LJCD and Bishops. Alan Tom ended up on the first team in the Coastal League. Chase Smallwood and Josh Rodriguez both made the second team.
Tennis Our tennis team competed in the Coastal League individual championship this past week. Matt Miller won the singles championship and his brother Nick Miller came in third. In doubles action, Alec Morgan and Pedro Gallardo came in fourth. All four players qualified for the CIF championships which will be held next week at the Barnes Tennis Center.
Sailing During the last weekend of spring break, Parker's sailing team participated in the Pacific Coast Championships, held April 18-19 on windy San Francisco Bay. Parker skippers Cole Harris and Sam Merson and crews Athena Malcolm, Jeremy McCulloch, Maddy McGrath, and Lucas Wright turned in a good day of racing on Saturday, followed by one of their best ever performances on Sunday.
Track and Field Our Boys and Girls Track and Field teams competed in the Coastal League Championships on Thursday, May 14 at University City High. On the boys’ side school record Christian Sourapas won the 100m (10.84) and 200m (21.95). Mickey Miller came in first place in the shot put (41-04) and second in the discus (116-10). Our 4 x 100 relay team (Jonathan Taylor, Ryan Zupkas, Kevin Rodin, Christian Sourapas) came in second place.
On the girls’ side, Meredith Wiggins came in second in the 200m and third in the 100m. Macy Hoang came in second in the 400m and Sophia Gamboa came in second in the 800m.
Boys Volleyball The Lancers finished the regular season 20-7 with wins over the #3, #4, and #5 ranked teams in the county. They qualified for the Open Division of the CIF Playoffs. The will travel to Torrey Pines on Saturday, May 16 at 5pm against the #1 seeded Falcons.
Moms of seniors, Class of 2015,
THANK YOU, Laura and Kelle, for hosting us.
We would not,
have had such a grand time.
BUT WE DID!!
Thanks to you,
Please check out the following link regarding all of the exciting information as we celebrate the Class of 2015.
Some important dates as we head towards your child's graduation:
May 18-20 Finals (Classrooms) 9:00-11:00AM and 12:30-2:30PM
May 21 - Transition to college (Nicholas Commons) 8:00AM-12:00PM and Senior K transition
Coin Exchange Ceremony
Thursday, May 21, 2015
12:30 Arrive at Crivello
12:45pm Ceremony Starts
1:10pm Cake and treats outside Crivello for students and families
Join us in celebrating the transition from Senior Kindergartners to 1st graders and Senior Class members to Alumni.
Be sure to get to the Linda Vista Campus early as parking will be limited. Additional parking will be available across the street in the neighborhood by the Baha'i Center.
May 25 - Memorial Day
May 26-27 Disney Grad Night (Disneyland) 2:00PM-4:30AM
May 27 - Sports Banquet (Field House) 6:00-8:00PM
May 28- Yearbook assembly 10:45-11:30AM
Senior Celebration Dinner and program for all seniors and their parents (Field House/Nicholas Commons) 5:30-8:30PM
I hope you'll join us on Thursday, May 28 for the Senior Celebration as we honor the amazing and talented Class of 2015 students and their parents.
5:30 - 6:30 pm: Wine tasting and hor d'oeuvres in Nicholas Commons. We will also be viewing the DVD Memory Project
A birth-year wine tasting for parents of seniors will be hosted by Catherine & Michael Thiemann. (If you have 1996 and/or 1997 vintage wines you'd like to share, please contact the Thiemann's at email@example.com)
6:45 – 8:30 pm: Program and dinner in the Field House includes:
Cum Laude Induction Ceremony
May 29 - Commencement rehearsal in the morning (Lancer Lawn) 12:00-3:00 pm
May 30 - Commencement (Lancer Lawn) 4:00-6:00PM,
Grad Nite (Gym) 11:00 pm-5:00 am Invitations with details will be mailed to students. Students must be picked up at 5am, no earlier. No student will be allowed to drive home after being up all night. Rock n Roll Marathon is Sunday morning. Plan for road closures south of school due to marathon."
"Volunteer here" and link this document.
Community News 5-14-15
Peace Passers – Soccer Equipment Drive
Sarah Mehrberg, Parker Class of 2017, and Malia Starita, a student at La Costa Canyon High School are using an organization called Peace Passers to collect and donate used soccer equipment to less fortunate communities. They will be holding a collection drive Wednesday, May 20th, in the Middle/Upper School parking lot before school starts. Here is the list of equipment they are looking to collect:
-soccer balls -shin guards
-shorts -goalie jerseys
-socks -goalie gloves
-sport duffle bags -cleats or turf shoes
-cones -ball pumps
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Jewish Community Foundation
Applications are now open for Jewish high students entering 9th-12th grade. Students that apply by May 29th will be considered for early enrollment. Interviews for early enrollment will be scheduled in June. Applications received after May 29th will be considered in September pending availability.
JTF provides an opportunity for Jewish high school students to learn about community needs and nonprofit organizations through a foundation lens. Teens develop professional and leadership skills as well as practical applications for Jewish and family values. Teens are entrusted with significant funds and make critical decisions on how to support organizations. The 2014-15 board granted $25,000 to organizations in San Diego, Israel and around the world.
JTF attracts a diverse group of 20 Jewish high school students from San Diego County who are committed to making a difference in their community through tzedakah. The program consists of two daylong retreats and five monthly meetings. Strong applicants must commit to the dates posted on the website and demonstrate a strong desire to make an impact in their community.
REMINDER: SCIENCE DEPARTMENT OFFERINGS UPDATE
The Science department is excited to be offering 4 new courses for next year as well as a change to the prerequisite for AP Biology.
AP Physics 1 will be an option for freshman who have completed Geometry Honors in eighth grade.
A continuation of the advanced program will now include Biology Advanced, and Biology will also be an option for those students to continue in the non-advanced track.
For current physics students with a B+ in Physics Advanced or students that have an A in Physics now have an additional option for the path to AP Biology. Qualified students may elect to take Chemistry Advanced this summer (finishing with a B+ or better) AND a free online Biology prep course in which students need to earn an A- or better on a summer placement test (July 20th). Upon successful completion of both Chemistry Advanced and the Biology placement test students may take AP Biology during the 10th grade year. Please note, students who take Chemistry Advanced in the summer are STRONGLY encouraged by our College Counselors to follow up with AP Chemistry in the 10th, 11th or 12th grades.
Lastly, the chemistry department is offering Honors Organic Chemistry to those students interested in pursuing a career in the health science or simply want to continue their love for learning chemistry.
Please visit the following link to view all prerequisite requirements for Upper School science courses:
If you have questions, feel free to contact Laura Capolino, the Science Department Chair.
REMINDER: LAPTOPS FOR NEXT ACADEMIC YEAR (2015-16)
Frequently Asked Questions
As previously mentioned, 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:
Apple Macbook Air
Inspiron 13 7000
Dell Chromebook 11
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