Dear Middle School Families,
With just one full week of summer left before school begins, faculty and staff have been hard at work preparing for our students. Last week we welcomed the newest members of the Parker Community at New Faculty and Staff Orientation days. Generally speaking, it is always exciting to welcome new members of the community, yet the Parker 101 course presented by our Head of School is one of my favorite pieces of the week. As our Head of School leads new faculty and staff through the history of Parker and the values that make us strong, the sense of pride in Parker, my colleagues, and those who have blazed the trail ahead of us filled me with gratitude, excitement, and passion for the upcoming year.
Following Parker 101, a panel of current faculty and staff presented their experience of serving at Parker. Listening to those with a tenure at Parker ranging from one to forty-four years, one could hear the history, values, and character of Parker come to life through individual stories and experiences. Parker is truly an amazing community.
As a parent of two Parker graduates, I can assure you with my “parent hat” on that Parker prepares students to thrive. With one child entering senior year in college and having just dropped off the other two weeks ago for freshman year, I have witnessed the value of a Parker education first hand. With the full faculty and staff returning this week, I can confidently speak for all of us that we are honored to share in the work of inspiring your child as a member of a diverse community of independent thinkers whose academic excellence, global perspective, and strength of character prepare to make a meaningful difference in the world.
Coming up this week…
All Middle School students will attend an orientation this week. Please note that we have restructured the days to allow parents to depart after the opening portion of orientation.
ALL Seventh Grade - Thursday, August 30, 2018
8:30-9:00 - Social and Check In - outside Crivello Hall
9:00-10:30 - Orientation - Crivello Hall
10:30-12:00 - Students with advisors (parents may depart or relax in MS Commons)
iPad distribution, tech information, locker and lock distribution,
Campus tour, advisory information
12:00-12:30 - Lunch with advisory
12:30 - 7th Grade Orientation is complete - parents please pick up your children promptly as the 7th grade team will attend afternoon meetings and planning sessions.
ALL Eighth Grade - Thursday, August 30, 2018
11:00-11:30 - Social and Check In - outside Crivello Hall
11:30-12:30 - Orientation - Crivello Hall
12:30-2:30 - Students with advisors (parents may depart or relax in MS Commons)
2:30 - 8th Grade Orientation is complete - parents please pick up your children promptly as the 8th grade team will attend afternoon meetings and planning sessions.
ALL Sixth Grade - Friday, August 31, 2018
9:00 - 9:20 - Social and Check In - outside Crivello Hall
9:20 - 10:15 - Orientation - Crivello Hall
10:15 - Students Dismissed to Advisory
10:15 - 10:55 - Students in Advisory/Adults in Crivello Hall
11:00 - 12:10 - Brief classroom rotation for students (parents may depart or relax in MS Commons)
11:00-11:10 - Block A
11:15-11:25 - Block B
11:30-11:40 - Block E
11:45-11:55 - Block F
12:00-12:10 - Block H
12:15-12:55 - Lunch in MS Courtyard
1:00-2:30 - Tech Introduction and iPad Distribution (students only)
2:30 - 6th Grade Orientation is complete - parents please pick up your children promptly as the 6th grade team will attend afternoon meetings and planning sessions.
As always, thank you for checking out all we do here “in the Middle.”
Aug. 30, 2018: Grade 7 Orientation
Aug. 30, 2018: Grade 8 Orientation
Aug. 31, 2018: Grade 6 Orientation
Sep. 3, 2018:Labor Day Holiday
Sep. 4, 2018:First Day of Classes
Sep. 4, 2018:Grade 7 Camp
Sep. 13, 2018: MS Back to School Night