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Summer Program Update may 15, 2015 

Middle School Advisory:  Shannon Stepner to Teach Middle School Creative Writing this Summer!

Due to a wonderful professional enrichment opportunity, Karen O’Hern will not be teaching this summer.  Just the same, we are delighted to announce the appointment of Shannon Stepner to be our Creative Writing teacher in Karen’s stead.

Ms. Stepner has been a teacher with the San Diego Unified School District for the past 20 years.  She remains passionate about teaching English Language Arts.  With the SDUSD, she has also served as a Peer Coach/Staff Developer for Grades 4-8, helping teachers fortify their English Language Arts teaching proficiencies.  Additionally, Ms. Stepner has taught a Creative Writing elective at Dana Middle School recently. 

Clearly, we move from strength to strength in replacing Ms. O’Hern with Ms. Stepner!

Middle/Upper School Woodworking Advisory:  Scott Lienhard Joins Summer Program Faculty

Parker’s recently-appointed Summer Program Woodworking teacher is Scott Lienhard who replaces Kit Camp.  Mr. Camp is relocating to Oregon with his family to pursue a year-round teaching position at the Catlin Gable School in Portland.   

Mr. Lienhard owns a custom guitar manufacturing company (Acacia Guitars). He has been building high-end guitars and basses for musicians since 2010.   Earlier on, he studied woodworking and music at Palomar College. Mr. Leinhard also worked in the Palomar College woodshop as a teaching assistant for five years.  As his schedule permits, he runs woodworking classes at several schools throughout San Diego County.

In his free time, Mr. Lienhard enjoys fly fishing, golf, working out, and playing music.


As we draw closer to the start of our Summer Program on June 22, Mrs. Muzzy wishes to highlight some of the key components of her 3rd Grade JumpStart course, one that provides focused, rigorous academic instruction, including:

Reading and Writing:

-       An Introduction to Paragraph Writing

-       Novel Study (with the 3rd grade Summer Reading Requirement Completed)

-       “Literature Circles,” Targeting iMovie Book Trailers


-       Daily “Math Fact” practice

-       Multiplication Review: Facts 0 - 5, 10

-       Place Value/Addition & Subtraction, with Regrouping/Rounding

Revised! Guitar & Fine Arts
A fun and creative morning pair of classes! The Art component is taught by Margo Sharpe, an experienced Monart-trained teacher and painter.  Students discover more than one way to create a painting using watercolor, acrylics, printing ink and more. Using unusual painting tools and a variety of materials, young artists explore texture, color, and create their own masterpieces suitable for framing. (This class will be adapted to grade levels as appropriate.) The Guitar class is taught by Darleen Herriman and introduces students to this versatile instrument. Beginners, advanced beginners and early intermediate guitarists are welcome.  Acoustic guitars are provided, and students learn and enjoy playing a variety of familiar songs. Simple music notation, chords, and notes are shared by the instructor. Classes include tuning, holding, strumming, picking, and caring for the instrument. Instructional manuals and music workbooks provided.  (This class will be adapted to grade levels as appropriate.)  NOTE:  Due to unforseen circumstances, the originally scheduled Technology componrny with Brigid Williams has been cancelled.  Accordingly, the morning insturction will be divided evenly between Guitar and Fine Arts.

Additional Information
As students return for the last portion of the 'traditional' school year, please note the following regarding the Parker Summer Program:

1.  Course and sport camp registration continues through the first week of June; that said, several courses are moving ever closer to their enrollment capacity.

2.  Please check back here often for course updates, late teacher assignments and new courses possibly being added to the general program.

3.  At the Upper School level:  If unsure about correct placement -- particularly for courses that generate formal academic credit -- please have your child(ren) check with his or her faculty advisor, grade-level dean or department head.

4.  Classroom assignments for all courses on both campuses will be made in early June.

As always, please contact us on 858.569.7900, ext 4109 or ext 4236 if we can be of assistance.

Monique and Tim

International and China Region StudentS only!

To register for the International and China Region Student Program click on the link above. For you next step, please complete the two forms you find posted- the International Student Registration Form and the Health History Form - International Students and email both completed forms to Monique Velde at If you prefer, you may fax your completed forms to International Code +858.569.0621, attention Monique Velde.

International and China Region Student Course List

International and China Region Student Forms

International Student Registration Form

Health History Form-International Students



Program Updates

Check back often for program updates, course status, recently added courses and other important  information.


Printable Registration Form

Two Academic Sessions

June 22- July 10 (Monday–Friday)
July 13- July 31 (Monday–Friday)

23 new courses and sports camps


Printable Registration Form

US Math Course Approval Form

US Science Course Approval Form

US Computer, Music and Visual Arts Course Approval Form





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