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News for the Week of May 25...

Dear Upper School Parents,

As we head towards Commencement 2015, we all enjoy honoring and celebrating our seniors and their parents, but we are also aware that this is a time to bring many parts of the community together. It is wonderful to see alumni, families, faculty, students, and neighbors coming together to celebrate all things Parker. Sometimes this sense of community is celebrated in grand ways as evidenced by Commencement 2015 where we are planning for approximately 2,000 folks to join in the festivities and other times this sense of community is demonstrated in smaller ways. For instance, this past week a handful of students under the guidance of Ari Gass, Math teacher and Academic League advisor, attended a Linda Vista Town Council meeting and participated in a friendly match against some of the members of the Town Council and some of the neighbors. While no winners were declared we all had a great time with our neighbors. This sense of community was also demonstrated during this past week's Senior Kindergartner and Senior Coin Exchange ceremony. Building upon a tradition that we started last year, Senior/Kindergarten Coin Exchange, is a way of uniting three different school constituencies: Kindergarteners, Seniors, and Alumni. During this ceremony, the Seniors gave to their Kinderbuddy a Parker commemorative coin and in exchange received a lovely note from their younger friend. These Kindergarteners then will present this same coin to the Class of 2027 (!) upon their graduation. Additionally, as part of the ceremony Seniors were welcomed into the Parker Alumni community.

Finally, Senior parents we so look forward to celebrating your children this week and please make sure that you check out the Commencement page and the below notes for the most up-to-date information. For example, following Disney Grad Night this week please plan on arriving to Parker by 4:15 am to pick up your sleepy children. 

In the meantime, I do hope that you have a great week and take some meaningful time on Monday to honor those that died in military service for this great nation. Their sacrifice should never be forgotten. 

Warm regards,

Paul 

UPCOMING KEY DATES

May 26-27 2PM-4:00/4:15 AM  Disney Grad Nite (12th Gr.)  Disney

May 27  5:00-5:45 Global/Interim Trips Presentation (Nicholas Commons); see below for additional information

              6:00-9:30PM Spring Sports Banquet  FH

May 28             10:45-11:30AM Yearbook Assembly     FH

                           5:30-8:00PM Senior Dinner  FH (see below for details)

May 29  12-3:00PM Commencement Rehearsal for seniors   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

Global Studies/Interim Travel Programs Informational Meeting:

There will be an informational meeting for parents and students regarding the 2015-2016 Global Studies/Interim Travel programs on Wednesday, May 27 from 5:00-5:45  p.m. in Nicholas Commons. Mr. Crowley and Ms. Hayman will briefly describe our upcoming programs, identify important dates and deadlines, and answer questions. This meeting is essentially a repeat of the Town Hall presentation we gave during flex period on April 30th. All of the information will be posted on the Parker website on Friday, May 29, but interested parents are encouraged to attend if they have questions or would like more details. Feel free to contact Mr. Crowley if you are interested but unable to attend: tcrowley@francisparker.org

THINGS TO CELEBRATE AND ENJOY

Surf Team
From Cecile Santini:
I wanted to give you the results from the Scholastic Surf Series State Championship contest three of our surfers competed in yesterday.  It was held at Church's in San Clemente, where the weather was stormy in the morning then cleared to partly cloudy and windy for the rest of the day.
Jen Irving surfed in the Women's Longboard division and made it through 2 heats to the quarter finals.  Ryan Irving and Charlie Bullard competed in the Men's Longboard division.  Charlie took 5th in his first heat so he did not advance.  Ryan Irving made it through 2 heats to the quarter finals as well.  Everyone surfed well and did a great job representing Parker!

GRAD NIGHT SET UP & CHAPERONES ARE NEEDED.  COME JOIN THE FUN!

Grad Night is a safe haven for our seniors to celebrate together. This Saturday, May 30, 11 pm to 5 am, MS Gym

Parents of 9 - 11:  please help us "pay it forward".  We need all night chaperones (May 30, 10:30 pm to 5 am)

Parents of 9 - 12:  help us transform the MS Gym for Grad Night, this Thursday & Friday, May 28 & 298am to 4pm

ALL parents:  let's pitch in to clean up on Monday, June 1, 8 am to noon.  DADS, too!

SENIOR PARENTS

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 25 - Memorial Day

May 26-27 Disney Grad Night (Disneyland) 2:00PM-4:00/4:15AM

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 thiemann@san.rr.com)


           6:45 – 8:30 pm: Program and dinner in the Field House includes:

Cum Laude Induction Ceremony
Salutatorian Speech
Awards Recognition

May 29 -  Commencement rehearsal for seniors (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 were 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.  

REMINDER: 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.

 

REMINDER: SUMMER SCHOOL

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).

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:

http://www.francisparker.org/uploaded/academics/US/files/2015-16_US_Departmental_Placement_Policies_-_April_24,_2015.pdf

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:

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


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News for the Week of May 18...

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. 

Warm regards,

Paul 

GRADE 10

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.

Summer School

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

History Day

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)

Ruby Ross
Pragmatism, Patience, and Luck: Elizabeth I's Successful Rule
Senior Individual Performance State Champion (advancing to Nationals)

Meghana Reddy
Norman Borlaug: Leadership and Legacy
Senior Individual Website Finalist

Anoushka Bose
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

Mary Tobin
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

Sports

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.

 

SENIOR PARENTS

Moms of seniors, Class of 2015, 

THANK YOU, Laura and Kelle, for hosting us.  


We would not,
could not,
should not
have had such a grand time.

BUT WE DID!!

Thanks to you,

HATS OFF!


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
Details:
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 thiemann@san.rr.com)


           6:45 – 8:30 pm: Program and dinner in the Field House includes:

Student Performances
Cum Laude Induction Ceremony
Salutatorian Speech
Awards Recognition

 

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 Service

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

                   -practice jerseys

 

Questions?  Email  smehrberg2017@francisparker.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:

http://www.francisparker.org/uploaded/academics/US/files/2015-16_US_Departmental_Placement_Policies_-_April_24,_2015.pdf

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:

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


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News for the Week of May 11...

Dear Upper School Parents,

I hope that you are enjoying a lovely Sunday afternoon as you celebrate the mothers in your lives. I mentioned in last week's note that during the Professional Development Day faculty were busy examining and having discussions around the vertical and horizontal alignment of their courses. These are not simply isolated discussions but are part of the our commitment to the Strategic Plan while guaranteeing the strongest curriculum possible for our students.

One of the other areas for focus from the Strategic Plan is defining and building upon our public purpose. Our commitment to this area was evidenced through the recent work of Phil Trotter and his Social Justice class. On Thursday the students created "Sochella" on our South Point garden area. The proceeds from the fundraiser/ concert will be used to provide uniforms for a school in Ghana. Additionally, we invited some local schools (Kit Carson and USD) to join in on the festivities. I am happy to announce that the students raised over $3,200 while eating some tasty food and groovin' to the Parker student bands. These funds means that we are able to provide uniforms for an entire school. Well done!

Warm regards,

Paul 

GRADE 10

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 7-9             History Day State Comp.

May 9 9AM-12:00PM College Wkshp. (Spanish)  NCB

May 15 10AM-7PM  Alumni Reunion  LFC, NCB

May 16 10AM-2PM  Alumni Reunion Brunch  Lawn

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 16  9AM-3PM College Workshop (11th)  JCH

June 17  9AM-12PM College Workshop (11th)  JCH

June 22 Summer School Begins

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.

THINGS TO CELEBRATE AND ENJOY

Build A Miracle Club

From Drew Schmid (Class of 2017)
I just wanted to pass on the video for the Francis Parker house down in Mexico with the Build A Miracle Club. This year, collectively as a club, we raised over $13,000 and were able to change a family's life. We additionally set up a new shop inside their house to provide financial income because of their less than $80 a week salary. With more than 100+ students coming down this year to Mexico, I hope that this video clearly shows what amazing students Parker is producing. Please feel free to pass on and share! 

History Day Award

Many congratulations to Cherie Redelings, Head of the Social Studies Department, for all of her work with History Day and the creation of a new educational resource. As the group notes, "Mrs. Cherie Redelings has been an integral part of the development of this process.  Mrs. Redelings has been developing lesson materials and researching two fallen heroes who died and are buried in a European military cemetery maintained by the American Battle Monuments Commission"

Please see the attached to learn more about her work. 

SENIOR PARENTS

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 4-15 - AP Exams (Bahai’i) 

Mothers of Seniors, Class of 2015: PA Mixer for Mothers of Seniors:
Thursday, May 14, 6 to 9 pm, Mission HIlls neighborhood.
Please RSVP to "laurasberg@cox.net" for further information.

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 andSenior K transition (tbd)

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
Details:
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 thiemann@san.rr.com)


           6:45 – 8:30 pm: Program and dinner in the Field House includes:

Student Performances
Cum Laude Induction Ceremony
Salutatorian Speech
Awards Recognition

 

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.  

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:

http://www.francisparker.org/uploaded/academics/US/files/2015-16_US_Departmental_Placement_Policies_-_April_24,_2015.pdf

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:

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


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