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News for the Week of August 31, 2015...

Dear Upper School Parents,

We are gearing up to officially welcome your children back on campus on September 8, although as I wrote earlier many students have already been by school to claim the perfect locker, catch up with a teacher or join fellow student-athletes in a challenging practice.

This last week we had a three day training session for our new teachers and staff from all three divisions. It was a great way to introduce our newest folks into the life and expectations of Parker. In fitting fashion we started the program at the lower school where "it all began" over 100 years ago and ended the week getting to know each other in more informal environments. We have no doubt that the new teachers and staff will bring so much talent, experience and enthusiasm into our special community. You will have an opportunity to meet some of the new teachers and, of course, our experienced all-star teachers at the upcoming Upper School Back To School Night on Monday, September 21.  

In the meantime, I wish you and your family joy and less humidity in the days to come.

Warm regards,
Paul  

GLOBAL TRIPS UPDATES:

Global Studies Applications Due on Friday September 25.

This is a reminder to all Upper School students who plan to participate on one of our Global Studies programs during the 2015-2016 school year. Applications for the two week and one week February programs are due on Friday, September 25 @ 5:00 p.m. Applications can be completed online by clicking on the Global Studies Program button on the Francis Parker School website homepage. Mr. Crowley and Ms. Hayman will be available on Wednesday, September 16 in Nicholas Commons from 5:30-6:30 p.m. for any parent or student who has questions regarding the 2015-2016 program.

Requesting host families for YK Pao School exchange students.

This year, we are continuing our exchange program with the YK Pao International School in Shanghai, China. As such, we have two sophomore girls and one teacher from YK Pao School arriving on Saturday, September 26. The two students will be attending classes and extra curricular activities with Parker students for the weeks of September 28-October 8 and then return to China on Saturday, October 10. Currently, we are looking for two Upper School Parker families to host this year's exchange students. If your family would like to host one of our guests, or if you would like more information regarding the Francis Parker-YK Pao Exchange Program, please contact Mr. Crowley. Email: tcrowley@francisparker.org., phone: 858-569-7900 X4173.

From Athletics: 

1. Strength and Conditioning Course: This upcoming fall trimester Parker will be expanding its Strength and Conditioning program to include two additional sections of strength and conditioning classes during the school day through our certified strength and conditioning coach Jeff Rose. The classes will be offered in the weight room during F and G blocks. Please notify Mr. Roudebush if you would like to enroll.

This class is open to all students who have an interest in learning fitness concepts and conditioning techniques to improve their current level of physical fitness or to improve in their preparedness for sport related activity. Free weights, exercise machines and conditioning activities will be incorporated to promote improvement in strength, endurance,
balance, agility, and speed. Proper technique, safety precautions and proper application of the principles learned in class will be emphasized.

2. Upcoming games and matches:
August 31, 2015 - Varsity Girls' Golf competes against LJCD at Riverwalk Country Club starting at 3:30p
September 1, 2015 - Varsity Girls' Tennis competes against Ramona HS at Ramona HS starting at 2:30p
September 3, 2015 - Varsity Girls' Golf competes against
Boys' Sand Volleyball competes against Pt. Loma HS at Ocean Beach starting at 3:30p
JV Football competes against Hoover HS at home starting at 5pm
Varsity Football competes against Hoover HS at Hoover starting at 7pm.

From Community engagement and an introduction:

Please follow this link to meet our new head of Community Engagement, Kevin Dunn. We are thrilled to add him to our community, and as you will see he brings tremendous experience and a great commitment to community engagement and service learning. 

Reminder: Book Orders and An Apology

As you know, your children have received their schedules for 2015-16 and are excited to now purchase books. To ensure that your child has the correct books, please double check the purchase list for a few updates and additions. We are aware of the frustrations that some of you have faced when ordering books, and we are looking at ways of improving the experience for next year. That said, if you are still having particular issues do let us know so that we can address it as quickly as possible. 

Reminder: Senior Beach Party

The Senior Beach Party is on Thursday, Sept 3 from 1:00 to 4:30 at Ski Beach in Mission Bay Park. We will be at the gazebo at the far left when you enter Ski Beach. The Senior Class Reps, Seth Markow and Indi Yaley, have lots of fun activities planned for the afternoon. It will be a great time to reunite and get a fresh start to senior year!
Marilyn Tobin and Caroline Wohl, the 12th Grade Parent Reps, have already started organizing a list of things parents can bring, and have created a Google Doc with the following link:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1LOAOkV6k915y9K7gcKODTIfdy0z274htu_5A4-pFgXs/edit?usp=sharing


Reminder: Freshman Orientation

Freshman Orientation, the first official event of the 2015-2016 school year, is Wednesday, Sept. 2. The event will begin at 5:45 pm and conclude at 7:45 pm.

Students will begin the evening with a pizza party. Freshmen will meet with members of the ASB to discuss Upper School ins and outs. At 6:45 pm students will meet with members of our Tech Department to go over the specifics of working with Google applications. Students are required to bring their laptops and be able to easily sign in using their @francisparker.org Gmail accounts.

Parents will have time to socialize over light appetizers from 5:45 to 6:15 pm, followed by a presentation by members of the Upper School community.

Some Upcoming Key Date and Events

Please make sure that you refer to Dynacal to give you the most up to date information regarding all Parker events.

Sep. 2 5:45-7:45PM 9th Grade Parent/Student Orientation (Freshmen must remember to bring their laptops to Orientation and be able to login to Gmail)
Sep. 3 1:00-7:00PM 12th Grade Class BBQ
Sep. 8 7:45AM First Day of Classes
7:00-7:45AM ASB Breakfast Quad
10:45-11:30AM Opening Day Assembly FH
Sep. 12 4:30-7:00PM ASBack-to-School Event TBD
Sep. 16 6:30-8:30PM 12th Grade College Night JCH
Sep. 17 10:45-11:30AM Clubs Fair Lawn
Sep. 18 7:30AM-3:30PM Picture Day LFC
Sep. 21 5:45-8:30PM Back to School Night FP
Sep. 25 7:30AM-12:00PM Make-up Picture Day LFC
8:30-10:00AM 12th Gr. Parent Coffee LFC
Sep. 30 8:00AM-1:00PM 12th Grade Justice 101 Program SD Court
3:15-8:00PM Floatbuilding Field
5:00-7:00PM Floatbuilding Dinner Cafe’
Oct. 2 7:00-9:00PM Powderpuff Game Field
Oct. 3 1:00-5:00PM Homecoming Day Field
8:00-11:00PM Homecoming Dance Gym
Oct. 7 7:30AM-3:30PM Blood Drive NCB
Oct. 8 6:00-7:30PM 9th Grade Four-Year Plan Night JCH
Oct. 9 No Classes Faculty PD Day FP
Oct. 12 No Classes Fall Break

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News for the Week of August 17, 2015...

Dear Upper School Parents,
I hope that you and your family are having a lovely end of the summer. We are busy here at 6501 Linda Vista getting classrooms and communal spaces ready for your children who are certainly starting to trickle onto campus either for sports practices or simply to say "hi." As we continue to prepare and make sure that all is ready for them, I wanted to take this quick opportunity to catch you up on a few pieces of business. 

Warm regards,
Paul 


Book Orders: 

As you know, your children have received their schedules for 2015-16 and are excited to now purchase books. To ensure that your child has the correct books, please double check the purchase list for a few updates and additions. 

Lockers: 

US student locker registration begins the week of August 24th. Registration can only be done online and students are limited to choosing one locker. Members of the Class of 2016 will receive an email with the link and instructions on Monday, Aug. 24th at 7:30AM. All other students will receive their email link on Tuesday, Aug. 25th at 7:30AM. Please be sure to to read and follow instructions carefully!

Senior Beach Party

The Senior Beach Party is on Thursday, Sept 3 from 1:00 to 4:30 at Ski Beach in Mission Bay Park. We will be at the gazebo at the far left when you enter Ski Beach. The Senior Class Reps, Seth Markow and Indi Yaley, have lots of fun activities planned for the afternoon. It will be a great time to reunite and get a fresh start to senior year!
Marilyn Tobin and Caroline Wohl, the 12th Grade Parent Reps, have already started organizing a list of things parents can bring, and have created a Google Doc with the following link:

Freshman Orientation:

Freshman Orientation, the first official event of the 2015-2016 school year, has been moved to the evening of Wednesday, Sept. 2. The event will begin at 5:45 pm and conclude at 7:45 pm.

Students will begin the evening with a pizza party. Freshmen will meet with members of the ASB to discuss Upper School ins and outs. At 6:45 pm students will meet with members of our Tech Department to go over the specifics of working with Google applications. Students are required to bring their laptops and be able to easily sign in using their @francisparker.org Gmail accounts.

Parents will have time to socialize over light appetizers from 5:45 to 6:15 pm, followed by a presentation by members of the Upper School community.

From Elise Marinkovich of the Drama Department:

We will be holding a parent meeting for all new drama club parents on Tuesday, August 25 at 5:00 pm in the Performing Arts Space. This is only for new drama club parents. This meeting is to give an overview of the after school drama program, explain the season and answer any questions the parents may have.

Please see follow this link for information about auditions for Shrek the Musical

August 20th from 10AM-1PM: Drama Club Officers Retreat

August 24th-25th from 10AM-3PM: Drama Club Retreat (all current members and new members welcome)

August 26th from 2:30-4:00 pm: Audition Workshop for The Drama Department's production of Shrek. All are welcome!

August 27th-28th: Auditions for Shrek (students will sign up for an audition time) More information will be posted soon

August 31st & September 1st: Callbacks for Shrek from 3:00 to 5:00 pm

Some Upcoming Key Date and Events

Please make sure that you refer to Dynacal to give you the most up to date information regarding all Parker events. 


Aug 26 12:00-3:00PM 12th Grade College Workshop CC Office
Aug 27 9:00AM-12:00PM 12th Grade College Workshop CC Office
Sep. 2 5:45-7:45PM 9th Grade Parent/Student Orientation (Freshmen must remember to bring their laptops to Orientation and be able to login to Gmail)
Sep. 3 1:00-7:00PM 12th Grade Class BBQ 
Sep. 8 7:45AM First Day of Classes 
            7:00-7:45AM ASB Breakfast Quad
           10:45-11:30AM Opening Day Assembly FH
Sep. 12 4:30-7:00PM ASBack-to-School Event TBD
Sep. 16 6:30-8:30PM 12th Grade College Night JCH
Sep. 17 10:45-11:30AM Clubs Fair Lawn
Sep. 18 7:30AM-3:30PM Picture Day LFC
Sep. 21 5:45-8:30PM Back to School Night FP
Sep. 25 7:30AM-12:00PM Make-up Picture Day LFC
              8:30-10:00AM 12th Gr. Parent Coffee LFC
Sep. 30 8:00AM-1:00PM 12th Grade Justice 101 Program SD Court
              3:15-8:00PM Floatbuilding Field
             5:00-7:00PM Floatbuilding Dinner Cafe’
Oct. 2 7:00-9:00PM Powderpuff Game Field
Oct. 3 1:00-5:00PM Homecoming Day Field
8:00-11:00PM Homecoming Dance Gym
Oct. 7 7:30AM-3:30PM Blood Drive NCB
Oct. 8 6:00-7:30PM 9th Grade Four-Year Plan Night JCH
Oct. 9 No Classes Faculty PD Day FP
Oct. 12 No Classes Fall Break

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News for the Week of June 1...

Dear Upper School Parents,

This has been a week of celebration for the Class of 2015. As I write this note on Saturday afternoon, final preparations are being made on the Quad where we will seat approximately 2,000 folks who are coming to honor this remarkable and delightful group of young women and men. As I remarked at the Senior Dinner, this is group that is known for being wicked smart and just as kind. I am so proud of their work these past four years and can't wait to hear about the important and meaningful work that they will be doing in the years ahead. When I spoke to the parents as part of the Senior Dinner, I told  them that during times of transition I am reminded of Winston Churchill's quotation: "Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning." This year we also started a new tradition as part of the Senior Dinner. We had students write a letter of thanks to their parents for all of their support, love and sacrifice. It was a lovely way to end a great night! 

Here's to the Class of 2015!

Regards,

Paul 

Exams

As your child knows, exams begin this coming Thursday. To maximize the time during the week so that each class receives equal review time, we are running a modified schedule for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. On Monday and Tuesday, classes will begin at 8:00 am. On Wednesday, we will have the usual late start, and we will not have classes in the afternoon. Instead, we are using that time for students to make up missed work, see teachers for extra help and/or prepare for their exams. We will have quiet space on campus for students who wish to prepare here. Students are also free to go home after their last class if they prefer to prepare there. 

Exam Schedule: 
Thursday June 4: English
Friday June 5: Social Studies
Monday June 8: Science
Tuesday June 9: Math
Wednesday June 10: Foreign Language 
Thursday June 11: No classes

  • Each exam will begin at 9:00 and will last for 2 hours with the exception of the Foreign Language exam which end at 10:00 am. The oral component has been given separately.
  • Students must be seated in exam room by 8:45 am sharp.
  • Students are free to go home after their exam.
  • Unless previously discussed with an administrator, a doctor's note must accompany any student who wishes to take the exam other than the assigned time. 
  • Lunch will be available each day for those students who wish to remain on campus.
  • The campus is open in case students wish to study.
  • Students may wear appropriate "relaxed dress."

 

UPCOMING KEY DATES

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  for Students (grades 9-11) 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

Upper School Parents Association

The Upper School Parents Association appreciates all the 
parents that have served our school this year.

A special thank you to our parent leaders:

Jennifer Anklesaria

Katie Brady
Kim Burnett
Allson Gardenswartz
Christie Golemb

Maureen McFarlane

Katy Philyaw

Anne Rauch

Sarah Stanton

Marilyn Tobin

Patsy Tomlin

Alfredo Valverde

Yolanda Walther-Meade

Kristin Zeko

Celia Zimmerman

 

THANK YOU!

"Hats Off" to a  fabulous summer!

Katherine

 

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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