Dear Upper School Parents,
Several times a year we have a voluntary assembly for the school community entitled Short Attention Span Showcase (20-minute presentations for busy people). This was the idea of Dr. Hima Joshi and has been supported by a bunch of students and faculty starting last year. This week's topic was Mozart in the Jungle Gym: Exploring the Playful Nature of Mozart. It was particularly meaningful to have our future opera lovers in attendance as they also received a bit of background of this lovely art form.
And for those that were unable to attend Friday night's Mr. FPS, a whimsical celebration of the senior class, many congrats go to Adam DeLue (see below in which Adam is surrounded by friends), who even managed to work in a "prom ask" in his unusual talent skit. Needless to say, good fun was had by all.
As you can see below we have many end of year celebrations coming up ranging from Arts Nights to the Sports Banquet. No doubt I will see many of you at these celebrations.
Final Exams for Grades 9-11
With exams just around the corner (June 2-8), now might be a good time to touch base with your child regarding their study plans for these tests. Teachers will be reviewing and preparing with your children, and it is good time to check in with your child see how they are feeling.
Given a short week because of Memorial Day, we have adjusted that week's class schedule. Faculty will have extended individual class periods for exam review on Tuesday (May 31) and Wednesday (June 1). The school day will be the normal length of time with one exception. Please note classes will begin at 7:45 am on Wednesday (June 1), not the normal late start of 8:55 am. We are confident that these longer individual class times will prove useful and helpful for the students as they prepare for upcoming exams.
History Day Results: California State Competition 2016
Parker has more students representing the state of California at Nationals this year than any other school!
May 5-7, thirty-nine Francis Parker students from the Middle and Upper School represented San Diego County at the National History Day in California competition. We are pleased to announce the team’s phenomenal success. In addition to other awards won this year, NHD-CA honored three Parker Seniors, Anoushka Bose, Adam Linssen, and Connor Smith, for advancing to the State competition for six or more years. Parker alumnus and former Longevity Award recipient Soren Hansen was a judge at the competition!
Many thanks to our faculty chaperones, Christi Cole, Kate Watson, and Jarrad Phillips, who attended the competition this weekend. Thanks also to parents and faculty who have supported the team this year.
Mary Ong-Dean, Cherie Redelings, and Rob Campbell
JUNIOR DIVISION: Grades 6, 7, 8
Aadam Awad - The Arab Encounter with Imperialism: From Empire to Statehood (Jr. Historical Paper) California Winner – Advances to the National competition
Neusha Kharrati, Nicolas Del Rio & Gabriel Jinich - The Dawn of a New Era: Charles Darwin and the Voyage of the Beagle (Jr. Group Website) http://14537299.nhd.weebly.com/
California Winner – Advances to the National competition
Liam Brownlie - Perry's Voyage: Opening the Gates of the Rising Sun (Jr. Individual Documentary) Runner Up (second place)
Sabrina Soffer - The Final Solution (Jr. Individual Website) http://68160585.nhd.weebly.com/ State Participant
Cate Hasler, Samantha Irwin, Annie McGrath & Avalon Smith - Jane Goodall: Exploring the World of Primates (Jr. Group Documentary) State Participant
Adelyn Phillips, Katie Fitzgerald, Ian Lillie & Ashley Scott - Circumnavigating the Globe: Magellan's Voyage (Jr. Group Exhibit) State Participant
SENIOR DIVISION: Grades 9-12
Ben Clark, Elijah Gross-Sable & Adam Linssen - The Antarctic Treaty: Sacrifice for Otherworldly Exploration (Sr. Group Documentary) California Winner – Advances to the National competition
Mary Fellios & Sophia Swedback - Mandatory Palestine: Exploration, Encounter, and Exchange (Sr. Group Website) http://77878737.nhd.weebly.com/ California Winner – Advances to the National competition
Isaac Gray, Daniel Leibowitz, Benjamin Sachrison & M. Connor Smith - Nixon in China: A New Exchange (Sr. Group Website) http://28777446.nhd.weebly.com/ California Winner – Advances to the National competition
Adam Nussbaum - Doctors Without Borders: A History of Humanitarian Aid (Sr. Individual Documentary) California Winner – Advances to the National competition
Emily Park & Vicky Comunale - The Secret of Silk: Exploration, Encounter, and Exchange Along the Silk Road (Sr. Group Exhibit) Runner Up (second place)
Mary Tobin - Forging a New Path: John Muir's Journey toward Preservation (Sr. Individual Exhibit) Honorable Mention (third place)
Garret Hoff The Divergent Path: An Exploration of Early Autism Research (Sr. Individual Performance) Finalist (top 6)
Luke Tchang - Darwin's Exploration: Scientific and Religious Encounters (Sr. Individual Website) http://75925971.nhd.weebly.com Finalist (top 9)
Braxton Bell - Salk, Sabin, and the Eradication of Polio (Sr. Historical Paper) State Participant
Alex Tchang - Sigmund Freud: Grasping an Understanding of Humanity (Sr. Historical Paper) State Participant
Anoushka Bose - Alaska (Sr. Individual Website) http://19230488.nhd.weebly.com/
Elias Jinich & Avi Waldman - Tequitqui: Montezuma, Cortes & the Fusion of Two Worlds (Sr. Group Website) http://25400985.nhd.weebly.com/ State Participant
Cleo Chaplin, Eleanor Hansen & Amanda Wasserman - Untethered Politics: The diplomatic encounter, geopolitical exploration, and scientific exchange of the Apollo-Soyuz Test Projects (Sr. Group Documentary) State Participant
More Recent Accomplishments
Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
We are pleased to announce that Natasha Partnoy (grade 10) was awarded a Silver Medal in Writing presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. Her work was selected by creative professionals as the among the most accomplished in the nation. This year, nearly 320,000 works of art and writing were submitted. Less than 1% were recognized at the national level. Students receiving top Awards have been invited to attend a ceremony at Carnegie Hall in NYC and to participate in showcase events at Parsons School for Design at The New School and Pratt Institute's Pratt Manhattan Gallery also in NYC. She also won a number of regional Scholastic Key Awards - 2 Gold Keys, 5 Silver Keys, and 3 Honorable Mentions.
Additionally, Emily Park (grade 9) demonstrates that we have other strong young writers in our ranks. Many congratulations to Emily who also represented Parker in the competition. Along with being recognized for several pieces, Emily was awarded a Silver Key. I also want to note that one of our Middle Schoolers was also recognized in his area so perhaps we are starting to build a bit of a dynasty.
Practice, Practice, Practice
Many congratulations to Megan Pai who will be performing at Carnegie Hall next month after competing in a musical competition. If you are going to be in New York City and want to hear a moving rendition of Rachmaninov's Prelude in G# Minor Op. 32 No. 12 I encourage you to come support Megan.
2015-2016 American Fine Arts Festival
Winners' Recital Concert
June 18, 2016 at 7.30pm
Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall
U.S. English Department Newsletter
Check out the new English department newsletter which calls attention to the department's events and offerings, and it helps to continue to create a community of dedicated readers and thinkers. I particularly like the Book Notes section...enjoy!
Summer Program Advisory/Reminder
With the start of Session I of Parker's Summer Program approaching on Monday, June 20, just a reminder that registration for all classes, afternoon activities and sports camps concludes on Friday, June 10.
Please note that save for a few Lower and Upper School courses, there are spaces open across the board, Lower, Middle and Upper School levels.
For more information, please visit www.francisparker.org/summer, or call the Summer Program office on 858.569.7900, ext 4236 (Tim Katzman) or ext 4109 (Monique Velde).
College Counseling - For Upper School Parents
On Wednesday, May 18 at 11:00 am in J. Crivello Hall the College Counseling Office will be hosting a panel discussion entitled, The State of Selective College Admissions. Admission representatives from Boston College, Stanford University, the University of Virginia and Wake Forest University will be on hand to describe the current admission process, how their evaluations of applications have evolved and the directions we may see in the coming cycles. This special hour-long program is for parents of students in grades 9-11. Please bring your questions and benefit from this opportunity.
College Counseling - For Juniors & Their Parents
On Wednesday, May 18 at 6:00 pm we are excited to host the 9th annual Coastline Case Studies event for our students in the eleventh grade and their parents. This informative program allows participants to appreciate the many factors that are considered when a college admission committee renders decisions on student applications. College Admission Counselors will lead the discussion of three mock applications. Following the case study review juniors and their parents will participate in a college fair featuring 90 different schools. The program is a must see for juniors and their parents.
Volunteers needed for Grad Night 2016!
Come help transform the Middle School Gym for the class of 2016's Grad night! Grad Night 2016 will be on Saturday, June 4th, 2016. We need volunteers for many jobs including set-up, snacks, chaperons ( no senior parents please) clean-up and more! Parents from any grade welcome to come help! Come join the fun by signing up on the attached google sheet. Questions? Contact Grad Night Chair Katy Philyaw at email@example.com.
Please note that one evening does not provide enough time to celebrate students' artistic accomplishment so it is now on two nights. Please see the flier with the musical lineup for the two evenings.
Tuesday May 17 (6pm)
Tuesday May 24 (5pm)
Community Engagement News and Updates
Mr. Dunn has a new opportunity for Upper School students. He invites you to spend time with your classmates this summer while satisfying your Community Engagement requisite for 2016-17 school year. Check out the new Summer Service Learning Plunge!
Parker's Summer Internship Program, Launch Pad to Success, is open for registration!Summer is a great time to explore professional fields of interest while learning skills necessary for successful prospective employees. Families can register here: https://francisparker.campbrainregistration.com/. After registering, the next step will be to read this packet. Students will then email Mr. Dunn their free period, or a time before or after school, that they can meet. Students will bring this form to the interview. Please contact Mr. Kevin Dunn (firstname.lastname@example.org), Director of Community Engagement, for more information.
To learn about the latest and greatest ways our students are engaging the SD community Mr. Dunn encourages you to check out the Community Engagement Facebook Page.
Please click here to see all of the exciting information as we celebrate the Class of 2016.
Please note that the Senior Honors dinner is on Wednesday, June 1. Please see below for full details.
For those still interested in sending "official" Parker Commencement announcements/invitations, a very limited supply is available through SD Grad Supply. Please contact SD Grad Supply directly at www.sdgrad.com or call (619) 884-4305 to reserve yours. First come, first served.
Senior Parents "Prom" Party:
Senior parents, we hope that you are able to attend the Senior Parent Prom Mixer on May 21st. Kathy and Sandy Purdon are generously opening up their house to enjoy some adult company after the students' pictures are taken. Please see the details in the below link.
A reminder to please send in photos to the Senior Memory Project! Please submit 3 to 5 pictures of your senior from across their years at Parker INCLUDING a kindergarten photo from whatever school your child attended at that time. Please submit resolution in the 1-3 MB range to KathyKingBarrett@icloud.com
. Provide your Senior's name and reference Senior DVD photo project
in the email subject line.
Please submit photos AS SOON AS POSSIBLE and NO LATER than FRIDAY, MAY 6th.
The slide show will be shown to parents at the Senior Dinner and your student will view the video at the end of Grad Night and receive a copy.
Marilyn Tobin and Caroline Wohl
12th Grade Reps
Wednesday, June 1: Dinner and program for all seniors and their parents (Field House/Nicholas Commons) 5:30-8:30PM
I hope you'll join us on Wednesday, June 1 for the Senior Celebration as we honor the amazing and talented Class of 2016 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 1997 and/or 1998 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:
Celebrating the seniors and parents
Cum Laude Induction Ceremony