Parker named California ‘Green Ribbon School’

Francis Parker School has been named a recipient of the 2020 California Green Ribbon Schools award, the California Department of Education (CDE) announced Wednesday morning. 

This is the second straight year the School has been named a Green Ribbon School–last year Parker was awarded Silver Level and this year attained Gold Level.

Parker joins effort to aid local healthcare workers

Francis Parker School is joining a local effort to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers in San Diego, who are in desperate need to protect themselves as they continue their daily task of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Parker family organizes block-wide street art ‘thank you’ to first responders

Parker alumna Lauren Hirsh ’93 was looking for a way that her family and neighbors could show their gratitude for the doctors and nurses tirelessly working to combat the COVID-19 global pandemic. 

So on the afternoon of Friday, April 3, they met at the front of their driveways along Via Corona in La Jolla and began creating large-scale chalk art. The result was an impressively colorful tapestry of drawings and positive messages. 

Making Masks for Her Community to Aid Charities

When her mom took out the sewing equipment to make fabric facemasks for the family, it gave Caylin Schnoor an idea. 

“It just kind of sparked,” says Caylin, Class of 2021. “I knew I wanted to find a way to help as many people as possible during this troublesome time. I have copious amounts of fabric that allow me to do good, so how could I not take that opportunity?”

Trio of Parker students win NFTE design challenge

Three Upper School students were recently awarded first place in the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) World Series of Innovation’s EY Belonging Challenge.

Brett Kim, Lena Luostarinen, and Caeden Mujahed, all Class of 2021, won the prize for the application they designed, Oikku, a community-building mobile app designed to help young people when they leave college and first enter the workforce.

'Fridays with Gonzo'

As human beings, we are all trying to find routine and normalcy in a completely abnormal situation. For Parker guitar teacher Mike “Gonzo” Gonzales, that means continuing to create and share music with others–albeit in a completely different space. 

For the past three weeks, Mike has hosted a virtual concert on Facebook Live. The venue? Mike’s living room, complete with a performer’s stool, mic stand, PA speaker, and a roaring fireplace to round out the ambiance.  

A Dream Come True

Ever since he was a little kid, Kimo Ferrari has dreamed of playing college basketball. 

Earlier this week, that dream became reality when the CIF All-San Diego Section First Team guard accepted an offer to play at Brown University this fall. 

“It’s an amazing feeling,” says Kimo, Class of 2020. “Many people have put in their time and sacrifices to help me reach the goal and I’m very grateful for all who helped me along the way.” 

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Two Parker seniors awarded National Merit scholarships

Two Parker seniors awarded National Merit scholarships

Kainoa MacDonald and Pallavi Murthy, both Class of 2020, were recently selected as winners of the prestigious National Merit $2,500 Scholarship, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced last week.  

The scholarship program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. According to NMSC, approximately 1.6 million high school students enter the program each year, of which roughly 7,600 finalists are selected to receive a Merit Scholarship.  

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Q&A with Grade 12 student Gabriel Jinich

Q&A with Grade 12 student Gabriel Jinich

Parker Upper School student Gabriel Jinich, Class of 2020, recently spoke to Parker School News about his award-winning mini-documentary, “Environmental Racism in Barrio Logan.”

The film, which has already garnered a second-place award at the UCLA Environmental Film Festival and a third place honor in the high school documentary division at the MyHero International Film Festival, is being streamed online today for the Earth Day premiere of the New Roads School’s Inaugural Climate Changemaker Teen Film Festival.

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Parker named California ‘Green Ribbon School’

Parker named California ‘Green Ribbon School’

Francis Parker School has been named a recipient of the 2020 California Green Ribbon Schools award, the California Department of Education (CDE) announced Wednesday morning.

This is the second straight year the School has been named a Green Ribbon School–last year Parker was awarded Silver Level (achievement of 65-74.9 percent) and this year attained Gold Level (achievement of 75 percent or better).

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Parker family organizes block-wide street art ‘thank you’ to first responders

Parker family organizes block-wide street art ‘thank you’ to first responders

Parker alumna Lauren Hirsh ’93 was looking for a way that her family and neighbors could show their gratitude for the doctors and nurses tirelessly working to combat the COVID-19 global pandemic. 

So on the afternoon of Friday, April 3, they met at the front of their driveways along Via Corona in La Jolla and began creating large-scale chalk art. The result was an impressively colorful tapestry of drawings and positive messages.Parker alumna Lauren Hirsh ’93 was looking for a way that her family and neighbors could show their gratitude for the doctors and nurses tirelessly working to combat the COVID-19 global pandemic. 

So on the afternoon of Friday, April 3, they met at the front of their driveways along Via Corona in La Jolla and began creating large-scale chalk art. The result was an impressively colorful tapestry of drawings and positive messages.

read more
‘Quaranteened’

‘Quaranteened’

Stuck at home, Ellie Lewis wanted to find a way to educate and connect her peers, so the Parker Upper School student set out to create an outreach website for teens.

“Quaranteened” serves as a resource that students can use to learn about COVID-19 and also as a support system, explains Ellie, Class of 2023. 

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Trio of Parker students win NFTE design challenge

Trio of Parker students win NFTE design challenge

Three Upper School students were recently awarded first place in the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) World Series of Innovation’s EY Belonging Challenge.

Brett Kim, Lena Luostarinen, and Caeden Mujahed, all Class of 2021, won the prize for the application they designed, Oikku, a community-building mobile app designed to help young people when they leave college and first enter the workforce.

read more
Making Masks for Her Community to Aid Charities

Making Masks for Her Community to Aid Charities

When her mom took out the sewing equipment to make fabric facemasks for the family, it gave Caylin Schnoor an idea. 

“It just kind of sparked,” says Caylin, Class of 2021. “I knew I wanted to find a way to help as many people as possible during this troublesome time. I have copious amounts of fabric that allow me to do good, so how could I not take that opportunity?” 

read more

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