« 2018


  • February

    Watch Them Build a Robot : The 2018 Robotics Build Season

    Parker's robotics team is deep in the throws of build season. Each school year, FIRST Robotics teams from all over the country work during a six-week period to build game-playing robots ready for competition.

    After receiving their kit of parts, Parker's Team 2485, the W.A.R. Lords, returned to the "shop" on Campus to get started. They familiarized themselves with the rules for this year's robot challenge and worked together to understand the game and answer each other's questions.

    The team's veteran members, experienced mentors, and first-time participants work together to begin the build. The team will work for six weeks designing, machining, programming, and testing their robot in different gameplay scenarios.

    Robotics team advisor Ryan Griggs commented, "Our students and mentors have been working relentlessly together to Power Up to an amazing FRC 2018 competition season."

    Follow the team along during build season on their "Season Updates" blog written by the students themselves. Visit the site at https://www.team2485.org/blog
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  • Upper School Students Join BlueMetal and Microsoft Experts for a Hackathon

    Three Upper School seniors joined experts from BlueMetal and Microsoft for the Microsoft Cloud Workshop: IoT on the Edge on February 5. Jack Davey, Kurt Williams, and Ryan Austin worked side-by-side with product developers to examine real business case scenarios. Thanks to current Parker parent Mark Arbogast, the students were able to hone their coding craft and gain valuable insight into the information technology industry.

    Mark said in an email to the School, “Jack, Kurt, and Ryan represented Parker exceptionally well today. These young men were engaged, relentless, and excited. It was a real pleasure having them with us. I also think their minds were opened up to new possibilities.”
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  • January

    Student-led Financial Literacy Presentation Offers Practical Advice to Seniors

    Parker Upper School students learned practical life lessons on Wednesday, Jan. 16 when First Republic Bank stopped by the Linda Vista Campus for a financial literacy presentation. The first of the two-part presentation taught students about the importance of maintaining a healthy credit score and how banks and other institutions scrutinize potential borrowers’ financial histories.

    Isaac Pollack, Managing Director (pictured), and Derek Lau, Relationship Manager of First Republic Bank, led the seminar and gave students four different case scenarios to determine who would likely receive a loan from the bank to purchase a new home. The case scenarios included credit score, monthly income, monthly housing expenses, other monthly debt, and savings.

    The presentation was spearheaded by Madison Parker, Class of 2019, who brought up the idea at a student panel last year. Madison worked with Parker’s Head of Advancement Shara Freeman Hoefel, along with Isaac, to bring the financial literacy presentation to fruition.

    “A financial literacy class has always been something I thought would be extremely beneficial for the Parker community,” said Madison. “It was great to work with Ms. Hoefel, and Mr. Pollack on the establishment of this course and I hope to continue growing this program in the future.”

    Shara was also eager to help Madison bring this program to Parker students.

    “Through our work in advancement, we have the opportunity to make connections and partnerships with institutions that add great value to our work with students. This was one of those moments,” said Shara. “We’re all about the student experience. Whenever there is an opportunity to advance the student experience through our partnerships we are eager and excited to work with those students to make it happen.”

    The second part of the financial literacy presentation will be held Wednesday, Jan. 24 at 11 am. First Republic Bank will return to teach students about student lending for college and how to create and stick to a budget.
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  • Upper School Violinist Wins 1st in Prestigious VOCE Competition

    Talented violinist and Upper School student Nathan Sariowan, Class of 2020, took first place at the San Diego Branch VOCE Competition on Sunday, Jan. 7. Nathan placed first in the intermediate strings division and is now eligible to compete in the state finals this April.

    VOCE is a distinguished competition for vocalists, strings, winds/brass, and chamber music and invites talented students to perform as soloists and in ensembles at the branch (local) and state level. The competition was created in 1971 by two members of the Music Teachers’ Association of California to provide solo and chamber ensemble opportunities for students. VOCE stands for Vocalists, Orchestral instrumentalists, Chamber groups, and Ensembles.

    In addition to his recent win, Nathan played onstage with The Piano Guys in early December and participated in a masterclass with renowned concertmaster for The Cleveland Orchestra, William Preucil, in November.

    Preucil is a founding member of San Diego’s Mainly Mozart Festival. Each year, members of the festival orchestra teach master classes to the Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra. Nathan is a member of the youth orchestra and learned invaluable lessons from Preuss and Cleveland Orchestra member Sonja Braaten during the three-day masterclass.
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Francis Parker School is a private, independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school for students in Junior Kindergarten through Grade 12 from across San Diego County. Founded in 1912, the Lower School is located on the Mission Hills Campus with the Upper and Middle Schools on the Linda Vista Campus. Parker's mission is to inspire a diverse community of independent thinkers whose academic excellence, global perspective and strength of character prepare them to make a meaningful difference in the world.

Mission Hills Campus Lower School

4201 Randolph Street
San Diego, CA 92103

Linda Vista Campus Middle/Upper School

6501 Linda Vista Road
San Diego, CA 92111
858 / 569-7900