Upper School student designing social justice-themed hoodies to raise funding for ACLU

On the back of one of her hoodies is a quote from American political activist, author, and UCSD alumna Angela Davis that reads: “It is NOT enough to be silently non-racist. We must be VOCALLY anti-racist.” 

Starting the nonprofit Hoodies For Change is Sophia Rodrigues’s way of living out the meaning of Davis’s quote. The clothing company, founded this summer by Sophia, Class of 2021, and her younger sister, Isabella, sells custom-designed hooded sweatshirts featuring social justice slogans like “Color is Not a Crime,” “Justice for All,” “No Freedom Til We Are Equal.” 

Learning to Build Bridges Across Viewpoints

Guided by shared goals and norms, Parker students in grades JK through 12 are engaging in a curriculum intended to spark honest, candid, and critical conversations. 

The Common Ideal of Character was created to foster civil dialogue in the Parker community as the country at-large prepares for the 2020 Presidential Election on Tuesday, November 3. Understanding that Parker community members have a diverse set of beliefs, values, and experiences, the School set out to provide opportunities to build skills for constructive conversations that strengthen bonds, rather than divide, especially as an election approaches.

Lancers for Equity and Justice Action Plan provides a framework for change

“We walk boldly and humbly toward a racially just future where each one of us feels like we belong in the Parker community,” Head of School Kevin Yaley writes in his Letter to the Parker Community included in the initial version of the Lancers for Equity & Justice Action Plan. 

The plan, created in July, is an evolving framework for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) work at Parker. “Francis Parker School is launching Version 1.0 of the Lancers for Equity & Justice Action Plan with the understanding that the Plan will operate in a perpetual state of growth, development, and iteration,” states the plan mission.

Parker 'Roadmap' moves to next phase

Parker’s Roadmap to Return to Campus was created this summer to actively plan for a safe return to on-campus learning for students and faculty. With all grade levels now permitted back on the Mission Hills and Linda Vista campuses, the School has officially moved to the next phase of it’s “Roadmap” initiative––Parker’s Roadmap to Remain on Campus. 

“We have been working tirelessly to return to campus,” says Parker Head of School Kevin Yaley. “It has been our mantra and driven everything we have done since the summer. We are now completely shifting our mindset from returning to campus to remaining on campus.” 

Social/Emotional framework aims to provide ‘broad net’ of support for Parker community

As Parker teachers prepare to return to the classroom next week, a major component of their professional development hours has been focused on social and emotional learning. 

All faculty spent six hours in virtual meetings focused on receiving support around how social and emotional learning and skill-building can be implemented into the classroom–especially within the Parker Blended learning model, where some students will log into classes virtually while others will receive on-campus learning in cohorts.   

Introducing Incoming PA President Erik Keskinen

I’m honored to serve as the 2020-2021 PA President. During this unprecedented time, I am astounded by the nimble ingenuity of the School’s leadership, faculty, and staff. I am grateful for their achievements in pivoting to create a robust online platform with which to maintain the storied Parker education, while keeping its community informed with honest, meaningful, and timely information.

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Learning to Build Bridges Across Viewpoints

Learning to Build Bridges Across Viewpoints

Guided by shared goals and norms, Parker students in grades JK through 12 are engaging in a curriculum intended to spark honest, candid, and critical conversations.

The Common Ideal of Character was created to foster civil dialogue in the Parker community as the country at-large prepares for the 2020 Presidential Election on Tuesday, November 3.

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Message from the Board Chair

Message from the Board Chair

Hello, Parker families!

My name is Susan Lester, and I have the honor of serving as the Chair of the Francis Parker School’s Board of Trustees.

In these extraordinary times, we at Parker are fortunate to have the benefit of extraordinary and nimble leadership. Our Head of School Kevin Yaley and his team of administrators and faculty have worked tirelessly in a difficult and fast-changing environment.

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Upper School student designing social justice-themed hoodies to raise funding for ACLU

Upper School student designing social justice-themed hoodies to raise funding for ACLU

On the back of one of her hoodies is a quote from American political activist, author, and UCSD alumna Angela Davis that reads: “It is NOT enough to be silently non-racist. We must be VOCALLY anti-racist.” 

Starting the nonprofit Hoodies For Change is Sophia Rodrigues’s way of living out the meaning of Davis’s quote. The clothing company, founded this summer by Sophia, Class of 2021, and her younger sister, Isabella, sells custom-designed hooded sweatshirts featuring social justice slogans like “Color is Not a Crime,” “Justice for All,” “No Freedom Til We Are Equal.” 

read more
The Common Ideal of Character: Poll Questions

The Common Ideal of Character: Poll Questions

Parker’s The Common Ideal of Character, a two-day JK through Grade 12 curriculum scheduled for October 15–16, will focus on fostering civil dialogue as a valuable life skill. All this week, we will be polling the Parker Community by asking one question per day to gain a better understanding of our diverse range of perspectives.

To view each question and submit your answers, click the links below. A new question will be posted each day. All answers are anonymous–results will be shared next week.

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Parker’s Campaign for Clean Air

Parker’s Campaign for Clean Air

Grade 12 students Katie Fitzgerald, Sophia Epley, and Maia Carlson recently won a $750 grant from the Coalition for Clear Air which they are using to fund numerous, schoolwide activities next week to encourage students, faculty, and staff to actively take steps to...

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Parker ‘Roadmap’ moves to next phase

Parker ‘Roadmap’ moves to next phase

By Matthew Piechalak | mpiechalak@francisparker.org  Parker’s Roadmap to Return to Campus was created this summer to actively plan for a safe return to on-campus learning for students and faculty. With all grade levels now permitted back on the Mission Hills and Linda...

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