Dear Upper School Parents,
I hope that you had a good week with your children as they were enjoying and I hope making productive and relaxing use of spring break. As you can see from the below Upcoming Key Dates and the listed activities, there is much happening on the campus in the days and weeks to come, and I look forward to seeing many of you at the upcoming Gala this Saturday. I will be doing double duty that night as it is also the Prom. So as I prepare to shine up my dancin' shoes, I wanted to draw your attention to an article ("Why Are Hundreds of Harvard Students Studying Ancient Chinese Philosophy") which came across my desk. This college class touches on ways for students to learn how to live harmoniously and how to live meaningful and fuller lives. I believe that the goal of the course echoes much of Parker's own mission statement:
The mission of Francis Parker School is to create and inspire a diverse community of independent thinkers whose academic excellence, global perspective, and strength of character prepare them to make a meaningful difference in the world.
It is exciting to read about the goal of leading a meaningful life being discussed in our own Parker classrooms as it is across the country and across hundreds of generations.
Upcoming Key Dates
Apr. 21 10:45-11:30AM ASB Assembly FH
Apr. 22 7:30-9:00AM E-Waste Drive LV Campus
11:35-12:10PM Awareness Week Open Forum NCB
Apr. 23 10:45-11:30AM 9th/10th Gr. Class Meetings Various
7:00-9:30PM Mr. FPS JCH
Apr. 25 5:30-11:30PM Prom Balboa Pk
6:00-11:00PM The Gala Balboa Pk.
Apr. 28 10:45-11:30AM Student Town Hall Mtg. FH
Apr. 29 7:30AM-3:00PM Blood Drive NCB
3:30-5:00 PM Chinese Honors Society Induction Ceremony NCM
7:00-8:30PM Orchestra Concert JCH
Apr. 30 10:45-11:30AM Global Studies Mtg. ('15-16) FH
11:15-12:10PM 10th Gr. Class Lunch NCB
6:00-9:00PM College Case Studies HTHSD
May 4 7:30AM-3:30PM Faculty PD Day (No classes) LV Campus
May 4-15 AP Exams
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
Things to Celebrate and Enjoy
From Ryan Griggs:
FIRST Team 2485, the Francis Parker W.A.R. Lords sponsored in part by Bumble Bee and Qualcomm had a difficult start to their qualification matches at the San Diego FRC Regional, finding that initially some aspects of their practice robot had not transferred effectively to their competition robot, Valkyrie. However after a few matches in, the team found their pace and recovered Valkyrie's competitive edge, climbing to rank 14 of 58 teams by the end of the qualification matches.
The team dominated tote intake from the landfill zone throughout much of the competition, easily standing as one of the two best teams at fulfilling that critical role. During Alliance selection, the W.A.R. Lords were the third team to be selected, becoming the first pick for the 3rd seated alliance. By the end of the day, the team's alliance managed to put up the highest score of the playoffs (206 points) and fought valiantly into the semifinals, though in the end the 1st and 2nd seated alliance would move on to the final.
During the awards ceremony on Saturday, the team was honored with the Excellence in Engineering Award for their exceptional work in producing a sleek and high performing machine and successfully communicating their comprehension of those efforts.
It was a great showing for the Francis Parker W.A.R. Lords.
P.S. Thanks to all our supporters!
SCIENCE OLYMPIAD STATE COMPETITION APRIL 4, 2015
From Rose Hanscom:
I’m very proud of this talented and enthusiastic team! We entered a competition of the 30 top teams in Southern California and did a good job. The medals for each event were awarded to the top six places; we earned three medals:
Third Place: Ashna Aggarwal and Justin Washabaugh in Write It, Do It
Third Place: Alex Kramer and Jeremy McCulloch in Wright Stuff, coached by Michael Jester
Sixth Place: Sarah Ogle and Samhita Palakodeti in Geologic Mapping, coached by Doug Stow
In addition to this, we scored in the top half of all the teams in Southern California in the following events:
Bridge Building by Alex Kramer, coached by Michael Jester
Forensics by Justin Washabaugh and Ashna Aggarwal, coached by Krishna Bose
Fossils by Trevor Appel and Charlotte Thorson, coached by Loreen Collins
Green Generation by Natalie Schmidt and Samhita Palakodeti, coached by me
Protein Modeling by Snigdha Nandipati, Samhita Palakodeti, and Natalie Schmidt, coached by Susan Moerder
Technical Problem Solving by Troy Appel and Jeremy McCulloch, coached by Andrew McCulloch
I’m so proud of these students, who were supported by Indra Galindo, Andreas Towers, and Braxton Bell.
Community Service: Student of the Month
From Carol Jensen:
Nick Watkins ‘15 was recently recognized as the Cal South TOPSoccer Volunteer of the Year. TOPSoccer is a program for children who have mental or physical disabilities. According to the program director, “Nick has been the most committed and most influential volunteer that he has had in the 6 years that he has been with the program”. Please read the following letter.
For the past four years, Nick has been the buddy of a younger player, Jack, with severe autism. Within these four years, this player has made an incredible progression in his involvement, responsiveness and coordination. At the end of last year’s season, Jack’s father told me that his son had an annual evaluation at this school and that the evaluator was astounded by his progress. This was a direct result from Nick’s dedication and commitment to Jack over the years and as a result, and most importantly, it was very encouraging and meaningful to Jack’s parents.
We will miss Nick’s involvement and influence on Jack and our program, but we know he will continue to be a great influence in whatever he does in the future.
Program Director La Jolla TOPSoccer
“My wife and I have often joked that we need to send Jack to Nick for a while (couple years on the ‘bad days’) for treatment. We don’t know what it is about Nick…is it compassion, strength of character, desire to make a difference, etc? What IS evident is that Nick doesn’t do it for anyone other than Jack. That floored me when I realized it. Nick, as a teen, with his quiet strength, took my son under his wing. He knows not just what Jack wants, but what he needs. No one asked him to do this…taught him to do this…or encouraged him to do this…he is just there…Jack’s hero. He has given me and my family something that I didn’t think would be possible from someone so young…a debt I cannot possibly repay…one of pride (for Jack’s accomplishments) and, most of all, hope for the future. Nick is my and my family’s hero…”
Don C. Jack’s father
Many congratulations to Gordon and the cast of Chicago which has been nominated for the Ben Vereen Awards. The production was nominated for Best Musical, and we have nominees for Best Actor and Actress. Check out the clip from local CBS news...very cool.
Parker's drama students will take the stage at downtown's Balboa Theater to perform a number from "Chicago – The Musical" at the Ben Vereen Awards on Sunday, April 26.
The performance is part of a scholarship competition established by the legendary stage and screen actor Ben Vereen who announced the nomination of the show for Best Musical Production during a visit to Parker earlier this month.
In addition, two Chicago cast members, Caroline Lezny and Ruby Ross, will compete against San Diego's finest high school performers for Best Actress. The girls will also participate in a master class with Vereen prior to the competition.
Parker community members are invited to purchase deeply discounted tickets for the Awards show online through Ticketmaster https://oss.ticketmaster.com/aps/bsd/EN/buy/details/sbva51sd
at the rate of $9 per student and $14 per adult with the discount code: FRANCISPARKERHS.
Tickets are also available for a pre-show VIP reception hosted by Vereen.
The School's performing arts program has an opportunity to earn a rebate of $5 per ticket sold up to a maximum of $1,000 if a minimum of 100 tickets are purchased using the Parker discount code.
Winners of the San Diego competition will move on to the Southwest Regional competition in Tucson in May. The students selected as Best Actor and Best Actress in Tucson will continue to The National High School Musical Theater Awards® (The ‘Jimmy Awards’®) on in New York in June where the grand prize will be a $10,000 college scholarship.
Ben Vereen Awards
San Diego Competition
Sunday, April 26
868 4th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
The Ticketmaster link: https://oss.ticketmaster.com/aps/bsd/EN/buy/details/sbva51sd
The Francis Parker Discount Code: FRANCISPARKERHS
From Jim Witt:
It was the best festival participation to date for Parker Upper School.
The below ensembles participated in Forum Music Festivals. Gold is the highest rating.
US Concert Band: Gold rating. Troy Appel was awarded the Outstanding Musicianship Award for his oboe solo.
US Chamber Orchestra: Gold rating. Liam Crowley was awarded the Outstanding Musicianship Award.
US Advanced Classical Guitar Ensemble: Gold rating. Jake Nuffer and Nick Watkins were awarded the Outstanding Musicianship Award.
US Beginning Classical Guitar Ensemble: Gold rating. Henry Diamond-Pott and Avi Anklesaria were awarded the Outstanding Musicianship Award.
Lancer Orchestra participated in a Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association festival. Superior is the highest rating.
Lancer Orchestra: Superior rating: It was awarded unanimously by the three judges and Lancer Orchestra was the only ensemble that night to receive a Superior rating from all three judges.
Earth Day Cometh
From Jill Duehr:
Earth Day is coming up on Wednesday the 22nd of April and to help our community leave a positive impact on the Earth, we will be hosting an E-Waste drive at the Upper School! From 7:30-9:00 am we will be collecting in the Upper School Parking lot! Enter through the student entrance and you will find the truck in the senior lot.
What you can donate:
- All Appliances including dishwashers, 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
There is nothing we can’t take except for things like tires, paint, light bulbs, and alkaline batteries (lead batteries or car batteries or cell phone batteries are great though).
INDIA'S FLOWING TREASURES, PEOPLE AND THEIR STORIES: SOUTH INDIA, 2015
In 2014 Steve Cook, Melanie Taylor and Jackie Enck led a group of Parker students on our 2nd Global Studies trip to India. The group traveled across southern India from Channai to Bangalore, where they participated in an amazing 5 day exchange at the nearby Sangam Arts Center with students from the Gopalapura primary school and Baale Mane, a home for orphaned girls.
Our Francis Parker students were the first American group to participate in Sangam's unique program. The directors of Sangam were impressed by our students' participation and engagement and were thrilled to offer an enhanced itinerary for our next visit.
This year, the directors of Sangam have put together an excepional two week itinerary at an incredle value. For the upcoming 2015-2016 Global Studies program, we are planning to offer this program for $1000 less per student than the 2013-2014 program!
However, in order to offer their services at this exceptional rate and reserve their center exclusively for Francis Parker's group, the directors of the Sangam Arts Center need to have a minimum of 7 students signed up and committed to participate on the program by April 30, 2015. That means that interested students must act fast and decide early.
Next year's Global Studies programs travel from February 6-February 20. All of our 2015-16 Global Studies programs will be announced at the Flex Period Town Hall Meeting on April 30.
But we need to lock in our India participants by that date (In addition to the India program, we plan to offer our yearly two-week programs in South Africa, Colombia, Philippines and Vietnam/Cambodia. Our one-week Interim programs have yet to be determined.)
If the 2015-2016 Global Studies Program to India interests you, please contact Mr. Crowley and/or Mr. Cook immediately so we can guarantee this wonderful opportunity for Francis Parker students.
PARKING ON LINDA VISTA CAMPUS
Unfortunately, we are all aware that parking at the School is often tight, and frequently some of us need to park off site when spots are not available. Unfortunately, some folks are parking illegaly in handicapped spots and in the fire lanes. Not only is this illegal, but it also can be very dangerous. We are reminding our constituents of these safety conditions and appreciate your reminding your children (junior and senior drivers) that they will be ticketed should their car be illegally parked. While solutions for the parking situation are being looked at, thank you so much for helping keep Parker as safe as possible.
Some important dates as we head towards your child's graduation:
April 25 - Prom: Masquerade at the Museum 6:00-11:00PM Natural History Museum
May 4-15 - AP Exams (Bahai’i)
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 (potentially) Senior K transition (tbd)
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 Details to come about this lovely evening which gives us the opportunity to come together as a community and celebrate our seniors and their parents.
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) 11:00PM-8:00AM
Senior Memory DVD Project goes into production this week.
Wednesday, April 22, is the final day
to submit photos of seniors during their Parker years.
Questions? Contact Alfredo: "email@example.com"