Dear Upper School Parents,
I hope that you had a great week, and as we move towards Thanksgiving it is important to give thanks and take a few moments to reflect on how fortunate we are as a community. This became even more evident when we see the tragedy that many Filipinos are enduring following the destruction left by Typhoon Haiyan. In order to provide support, the Social Justice class will be accepting donations on Thursday and is creating a lunch time concert to raise funds for aid projects. I am heartened by seeing how many of our students are trying to support those in the Philippines.
As mentioned previously, we are looking at changing the daily schedule for next year to better meet the needs of the students and the teachers. One of our goals is to create a schedule which slows down the pace of the day for students. We want them to have the time to settle into a class and the time to learn and reflect before going to the next class. Another goal of a revised schedule is to create time for faculty to meet as a group for continued professional development and collaboration. I will continue to keep you appraised as we get further into the process.
In the meantime, have a great week!
Honors and Awards:
Anoushka Bose (grade 10) won Marvel's Thor the Dark World: Ultimate Mentor Adventure. The competition was held for female high school students looking to pursue STEM fields later in life. Applicants had to interview a powerful woman in STEM fields, and sge interviewed an astrophysicist at Caltech. Annoushka and the other winners traveled to Dolby Digital Laboratories and spent a week in Los Angeles where they attended worshops, visited laboratories and were on the red carpet at the movie's opening.
Congratulations to the 2014 Le Grand Concours winners including Jonathan Lemberg (grade 10) who won a gold medal for level 2A.
Key Upcoming Dates:
Nov. 19 College Night for Juniors will be held in Crivello Hall on Tuesday, November 19th at 6:30 PM. Students and at least one parent are required to attend the event. The College Counselors will provide important information designed to provide students with the knowledge, tools and skills they will need as they begin the college application process. Packets will be given to students and parents to take home that include important College Counseling dates, testing information, useful tips for visiting colleges and creating a college list, and a guide for utilizing Naviance. Edward M. Gilles, Dean of Enrollment, at the University of Miami, will be on hand to give insight about the college admissions process. The staff of the College Counseling Office looks forward to seeing the Class of 2015 and their parents on Tuesday.
Nov. 21 MS/US Strings Concert 5:00-6:30 PM Crivello
Nov. 22 12th Grade Lifers @ LS Thanksgiving Program 1:00-2:00 PM MH Campus
Nov. 22 End of Trimester 1 (US Only)
Nov. 25-29 Thanksgiving Break
Dec. 4 Fall Sports Banquet 6:00-8:00 PM FH
Dec. 5 Hudson Taylor Allyship: Creating a Climate of Inclusion 6:00-7:30 PM Crivello
Dec. 6 11th Grade Parent Coffee with College Counselors 8:30-10:00 AM Nicholas Commons
Dec. 12-14 US Theatre Performance "The Miracle Worker" 7:00-9:00 PM PAC
Dec. 18 MS/US Holiday Music Program 1:30-2:30 PM FH
12th Grade Holiday Dinner 6:00-8:00 PM Cafe'
Dec. 23-Jan. 3 Winter Break
Class of 2014
Attention Senior Parents, We are looking to form a creative team to decorate the cafeteria for this year's Senior Holiday Dinner, which takes place Thursday, Dec. 19th. The theme for this year's event is "Winter Wonderland." Our first committee meeting will take place Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 10:30 a.m. in front of the cafeteria. If you are interested in using your creative talents to help with this fun event, please email us at email@example.com. Thank you. Your Senior Parent Reps, Christi Miyahira and Ruth Schmid
Class of 2017
From Lyford Rome, Educational Technologist:
Parker Technology is happy to announce that we have certified iOS7 for all students iPads. All students should upgrade their iPads to iOS7 as soon as possible to maintain compatibility with Parker's technology systems.
Note that at this time, Pages, Keynote and Numbers will save in a new file format that will require an update of desktop MacOS computers to new versions of corresponding applications.
Pages, Keynote and Numbers will also require changes in the way that files are saved or uploaded to Google Drive. We will be publishing tutorials on how to do this next week.
Below are steps on how to perform the update. Please remember to upgrade your iPads at home to conserve Parker's network resources.
- Backup the data on your iPad using these directions: iPad - Students - Backing up to home computer
- Plug your iPad into the charger.
- Tap on the "Settings" icon then "General">"Software Update".
- Follow the onscreen directions to upgrade the iPad.
- After you are done with the update, as part of the setup, the iPad will ask you to associate the "Find my iPad" app with an Apple ID. It is important that you use the Apple ID was made using your Parker email address. This will allow us to recover the iPad if it is lost or stolen.
- Please contact the Technology Department if you have any questions about the update process.
Thank you for your patience and please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions, comments or suggestions for improvement.
From Michelle Adelman:
The Francis Parker Peer Tutoring Program is officially launching! If your child is interested in receiving help in any particular subject from another peer, please have him or her fill out the online form here: http://goo.gl/9dvuj3
Once we receive the application, we'll pair your child with an appropriate tutor to match subjects and times. If you have any particular questions, please see Ms. Dosick or Ms. Adelman.
From Jarrad Philips:
On Saturday morning, November 9th, 29 Francis Parker upper school students took part in the Athletes Saving Athletes (ASA) program sponsored by Advocates for Injured Athletes. ASA is a unique peer-to-peer education program designed to empower student athletes with the knowledge to help them recognize signs and symptoms of life-threatening injuries and conditions. The goal of ASA is to reduce the risk and incidence of injury and death for student athletes using the power of education and kids talking to kids.
Parker Certified Athletic Trainers Niki Dehner and Jarrad Phillips helped deliver the ASA curriculum to these Parker student-athlete leaders, teaching them how to recognize the signs and symptoms of concussion, head and neck injuries, heat illness, and sudden cardiac arrest. In addition, the ASA program curriculum teaches students the value of having a well-practiced emergency action plan. Students learned what may be needed as a first responder, and that every minute counts in an emergency.
From Carol Jensen:
The Parker Community Service Board is sponsoring a food drive with the San Diego Food Bank November 18-22
Donations may be dropped off in barrels located on campus, in the drive-up lanes on the Linda Vista campus, and the Community Service Office. (located off the faculty parking lot)
Please consider donating the following.
* canned meats (tuna, ham, chicken) * peanut butter
* canned soup * canned or dried fruits
* canned vegetables * dried beans, rice & cereal
* dried pasta * powdered milk
* infant formula * packaged nuts and seeds
Please: no glass jars, including baby food, home canned or baked products.
Please contact Carol Jensen, Director of Community Programs, at 858 569-7900 x4112 if you have any questions. Thank you.
From Nurse Maggie:
Nurse Maggie’s notes: Movember is here! Have you noticed that some of Parker’s male teachers are growing moustaches and wondered why? These staff members are supporting a campaign aimed to spread awareness about men’s health issues, namely prostate and testicular cancer. According to the organizers of Movember, the name of this campaign, men are often known to be indifferent towards their health when compared to the efforts of women. Movember organizers are striving to change this way of thinking by putting a fun twist on this serious issue. Using the moustache as a catalyst, they hope to give men the opportunity and confidence to talk about their health. The organizers want everyone to know that many cancers are curable if caught in the early stages therefore Movember aims to increase early detection, diagnosis and effective treatment. This will ultimately reduce the number of deaths from cancer. According to www.us.movember.com:
*The average life expectancy for men is five years less than for women
*1 in 2 men, and 1 in 3 women, will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime
*1/3 of all cancer death can be related to obesity, physical inactivity and poor nutrition
*1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime
*In 2012, 242,000 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed and more than 28,000 men will die of the disease
*Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in American males between the ages of 15 and 35.
*8,590 men will be diagnosed with the disease in 2012 and 360 will die
*24% of men are less likely to go to the doctor compared to women
*Regardless of age, men (and women) can keep healthy by having an annual physical; eating a healthy diet; knowing your family history; not smoking; being physically active; sleeping well; staying at a healthy weight; managing stress; drinking alcohol only in moderation