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News for the week of September 19....

Dear Upper School Community,

It has been a busy first full week of classes. The students are settling nicely into classes as programs continue to expand. One example is a program called Zero Robotics, which is sponsored by NASA and MIT. We have a bunch of students from computer programming and robotics that have formed a team, and our application has been accepted. Mike Maunu, mathematics and computer science teacher, explains:

 NASA and MIT have created an event, Zero Robotics, that allows students from up to 200 schools nation-wide to program miniature satellites (called SPHERES). These satellites will be used to perform tasks in a game-like setting that simulates zero gravity; the tasks for this year's event have not been announced yet, but we have a dedicated group of students that can't wait to write code for these SPHERES. There are several stages of the competition, but the final stage is actually played in zero-g on the International Space Station (ISS) where an astronaut will be refereeing; the finals are simulcast from the ISS to an auditorium at MIT where we hope our team will be amongst the 27 finalists. The competition runs from September to December, so we are quickly getting into high gear for what promises to be another engaging, educational opportunity for Parker students.




There is a new state law in effect requiring all students in grades 7 - 12 to have the Tdap vaccine (Pertussis-Whooping Cough) in order to start school this fall. If your child has already received the vaccine, or your child's doctor indicates his/her booster is up to date, kindly forward that paperwork to Laura Southworth in the Upper School office.

  • The deadline for football players who began school early is September 21.
  • The deadline for other fall athletes is September 26.
  • The deadline for all other students is October 19.

If the documentation is not submitted, students may not be permitted to attend school.



We have gone over the new parking format with the juniors and seniors. Our goal is to guarantee student safety; therefore, we reconfigured the parking pattern to ensure that each senior and junior has a place on campus. We felt so strongly about this that a number of faculty and staff (including me) are parking off campus. And just as importantly we have preserved senior parking.

To ensure that we are all adhering to the proper configuration, we have instituted a parking lot violation program. If a car is parked in a fire lane or disabled spot, there will be a fine beginning at  $25. Additional offences will lead to higher fines and disciplinary action.  Our goal is for all to understand that the fire lane must always be empty and the disabled parking is only being used by those that have the proper approval.


Global Trip Meetings

Meetings for all trip participants and their parent(s) (except the Philippines trip, that will take place on Tuesday, September 20) are planned for Wednesday, September 21 at 5:30pm in the respective classrooms of the trip chaperones.

  • South Africa will meet in Ms. Berk's room
  • Philippines in Mr. Harrington's room
  • Vietnam in Mr. Taylor's room
  • Colombia in Senor Gomez's room
  • Turkey in Dr. Lown's room.

In those meetings, we will explain the placement protocol, talk about trip costs, itineraries, etc. Students with reserved spots need to make a commitment by Friday, September 23. Sophomores who have placed a deposit but do not have a reserved spot should still plan on attending the meeting. Please don't hesitate to contact Tom Crowley if you have additional questions. If Mr. Crowley doesn't hear otherwise, those deposits for students with spots reserved on each trip will be non-refundable after Friday, September 23.  



Please do remember to check out the PA newsletter which has a variety of important information concerning projects, events, and volunteer opportunities for you.  Also, in an effort not to duplicate information, we encourage you to look at past postings.

Key Upcoming Dates:

  • Sep. 19 AIDS Awareness Speaker   11:30-12:10 Nicholas Commons
  • Sep. 20 Clubs Fair 11:15-12:15 Lancer Lawn
  • Sep. 21 Global Trips Meetings 5:30 LV Campus
  • Sep. 25 AIDS Walk 8:00  Balboa Park
  • Sep. 27 US Back to School Night 6:00-8:30 LV Campus





Posted by in 09. September on Friday September, 16, 2011 at 12:51PM


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