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!
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.
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:
"Hats Off" to a fabulous summer!
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:
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:
Apple Macbook Air
Inspiron 13 7000
Dell Chromebook 11
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