Dear Upper School Parents,
I hope that you and your children have had a great week. And to the parents of our student world travelers, I am sure that you are enjoying hearing their stories and reflections of their global trips. Again, please do check out the Global Trips blogs; they are outstanding.
While some students were taking it easy this break and catching up on some rest and relaxation, others were participating in a bunch of academic competitions. Please make sure to look at the below section, Things To Celebrate, to see some of the great work that these teams are doing. Additionally, I wanted to call attention to the outstanding work of Parker's mock trial team which competed last Thursday at the downtown court house. This group which is guided by Nancy Anderson, Marc Thiebach and two volunteer attorneys performed admirably. The case was fascinating and kept the audience/supporters riveted throughout the 90 minute session. Again, congratulations to all of the students and, of course, thank you parents for your continued support at these academic competitions.
Feb. 24 8:15am to 9:15am Parent Nutrition Forum Mission Hills Campus, auditorium (see below for more information.)
Feb. 25 Middle School and Upper School Grandparents and Special Friends Day 7:15 am - 12:30 pm
Mar. 6 8:30-10:00AM 9th Grade Parent Coffee (Coll Coun) LFC
Mar. 12 4:00-5:00PM Spring Forward Dance Recital JCH
Mar. 13 End of Trimester 2
Mar. 21 Parker Pays It Forward from 8-12pm at the Serra Museum. It is a site clean up that we are inviting alumni, parents and students to participate in. Students younger than 17 will need to have a waver signed which is on the website. Parker Pays It Forward website We are calling for volunteers and supplies. The contact is Lizzy Bendrick '07 firstname.lastname@example.org.
THINGS TO CELEBRATE:
Many congratulations to John Morrison who has been recently selected as one of 12 recipients of the prestigious CIF Model Coach for 2014-15. As we all know, John epitomizes the values of CIF and clearly helps to develop student-athletes of great character. Well done, John!
Many congratulations to Ari Gass and the Academic League on a recent victory. Ari notes, “I am happy to report that all three of our teams won tonight. Our students performed admirably, overcoming some mistakes and showing real resilience especially in our huge comeback in the varsity match.
Our novice team -- freshmen Liam Fay (captain), Jeremy McCulloch, Troy Appel, and sophomores Ashley Davis, and Marco Imbimbo -- improved to 2-1 on the season.
JV -- Juniors Mary Tobin (captain), Olivia Heifetz, Justin Washabaugh, Connor Smith, and freshman Jeremy McCulloch -- earned their first victory.
Varsity-- Senior David Bluhm (captain), Juniors Mary Tobin, Olivia Heifetz, Connor Smith, and freshman Liam Fay -- also won for the first time this season after facing what will turn out to be the two best teams in our league during the first two weeks.
From Rose Hanscom:
Results from the regional competition at University High School February 21, 2015
We had a great day with lots of success, talent, and fun! We were one of 82 teams from 26 County schools, coming home with a seventh place trophy and the right to compete at the Southern California State Competition April 4th. We are delighted! The students are wonderful, as are their many event coaches. The students and I appreciate so much the expertise and hard work of these coaches (parents, past-parents, teachers, and staff members). We were the only private school to earn a trophy; the top places were won by huge public schools. Medals and ribbons were awarded to the top 20 teams in an event:
First Place: Anoushka Bose and Mary Tobin in Wright Stuff, coached by Michael
Jester and Shantanu Bose
First Place: Jeremy McCulloch and Troy Appel in It’s About Time, coached by Deidre
McKenna and John Nugent
Fourth Place: Ashna Aggarwal and Justin Washabaugh in Forensics, coached by
Krishna Roy Bose
Eighth Place: Samhita Palakodeti and Sarah Ogle in Geologic Mapping, coached by
Eighth Place: Mary Tobin and Anoushka Bose in Air Trajectory, coached by
Ninth Place: Anoushka Bose and Trevor Appel in Astronomy, coached by Shantanu
Tenth Place: Alex Kramer and Jeremy McCulloch in Scrambler, coached by John
Eleventh Place: Trevor Appel and Troy Appel in Fossils, coached by Loreen
Twelfth Place: Trevor Appel and Alex Kramer in Entomology, coached by Loreen
Twelfth Place: Alex Kramer, Troy Appel, and Trevor Appel: Experimental Design,
coached by Krishna Roy Bose
Twelfth Place: Sarah Ogle and Natalie Schmidt in Green Generation, coached by
Thirteenth Place: Troy Appel and Jeremy McCulloch in Technical Problem Solving,
coached by Andrew McCulloch
Thirteenth Place: Justin Washabaugh and Ashna Aggarwal in Write It, Do It, coached by Rose Hanscom
Thirteenth Place: Ashna Aggarwal and Justin Washabaugh in Compound Machines,
coached by J.P. Pierce
Fourteenth Place: Anoushka Bose and Mary Tobin in Mission Possible, coached by
Fifteenth Place: Sarah Ogle and Indra Galindo in Dynamic Planet, coached by Doug
Nineteenth Place: Camille Considine, Natalie Schmidt, and Samhita Palakodeti in
Protein Modeling, coached by Susan Moerder
I thank the above stars and also the following stars who helped our team so much: Betsy Lillie, Susan Moerder, Hima Joshi, David Johnson, Henry Aceves, Braxton Bell, Charlotte Thorson, Meghana Reddy, Charlotte Schmidt, Sophia Gamboa
Matt Miller, Nick Miller, Elijah Gross-Sable, Ben (Richard) Clark, and Emory Hingorani.
Tim Katzman, Parker’s Summer Program director has asked that I advise families that the 2015 Summer Program course catalogue (the condensed paper version) providing a general program overview will arrive by mail shortly. The comprehensive version holding all course and sports camp descriptions, registration information, and general policies will be available for your review online at francisparker.org/summer this week as well. Tim wants to remind all families that registration begins on Tuesday, March 10 at 9:00 am.
Tim and Monique Velde in the Summer and Extended Day Programs office are happy to answer questions you may as we look to the coming summer.
12TH GRADE PARENTS:
PHOTOS OF YOUR SENIOR DURING THEIR YEARS AT PARKER ARE NEEDED.
The Senior Year Memory DVD for the Class of 2015 is being assembled. Please submit up to 20 photos, in digital format, with the highest possible resolution. Your photos are now due, please.
Please submit any group shots, too. Extracurricular groups: please submit your photos from past years. Ask your sons and daughters to submit appropriate photos, too.
E-mail your photos to Alfredo at email@example.com
For better resolution and ease, save the photos to a memory stick and have your daughter or son give it to Nick or Katie .
Questions? Contact Alfredo. He will help you!
FROM THE VISUAL ARTS DEPARTMENT:
The SDCAEA (San Diego County Art Education Association) puts on the YAM (Youth Art Month) show annually showcasing student work from all over San Diego County. This show is normally hosted at the SDAI (San Diego Art Institute), but has been moved to Parker for 2015. The artwork is submitted online and juried by members of the SDCAEA committee. Not all submitted work makes it into the show. Parker had 20 student pieces juried into the show, and includes both Upper and Middle school work.
This is a special opportunity to have Parker student work displayed alongside the work of other schools and communities. We will host these communities - students, parents, teachers and friends - at the Closing Reception/Awards Ceremony (at the Rose Gallery) that will occur on Sunday March 22, from 1-2:30PM.
Check out the art department blog here.
FROM CAROL JENSEN, DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY SERVICE:
Prom Dress Collection
Cinderella’s Attic is collecting formal dresses, gowns and accessories for its upcoming Prom Boutique, an event providing free formal wear to high school girls that can’t afford to buy a prom dress.
Check your closet for unwanted gowns, bride’s maid dresses, shoes, jewelry and accessories. Those items will go a long way towards building the confidence and self-esteem in a young girl trying to look and feel her best.
Also, they accept new and gently used shoes, purses, shawls and jewelry. All donations are tax deductible.
Donations can be dropped off at the Upper School office, Community Service Office or the Administration building. Contact Carol Jensen, Director of Community Programs
858 569-7900 x4112 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Many congratulations to Daniel Du, Parker Community Service Board President, for all of his work, and he is being recognized in this Outstanding Community Service Student Spotlight.
Summer Science Opportunities
Information about the application process is available in the Community Service Office.
U.C.S.D. Summer Cancer Institute at U.C.S.D. Medical School is accepting applications for Summer 2015. Applications are due February 13, 2015.
Dr. Michael Sailor, U.C.S.D. Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, is offering a “Summer School for Silicon Nanotechnology” from July 13-August 21. The application deadline is May 15, 2015.
Helen Woodward Animal Center
Information about applications for the Junior Volunteer Critter Camp - February 16-20 and for the Summer Critter Camps are available in the Community Service Office.
FROM NURSE MAGGIE
Second Annual Interactive Parent Nutrition Forum: Please plan to attend the Interactive Parent Nutrition Forum on Tuesday, February 24th from 8:15a.m. to 9:15a.m. on the Mission Hills campus in the Szekely Auditorium. We’ll go over Parker’s nutrition guidelines and Culinart will be discussing the present café offerings and plans for the future. Please bring questions and suggestions!
LAPTOPS FOR NEXT ACADEMIC YEAR (2015-16)
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