Category: academics

ACADEMICS

Learning about intolerance, virtually

When you cannot go to the museum, bring the museum to you. 

On Monday, Grade 8 students in their advisory class joined tour guides online for a virtual field trip to the Museum of Tolerance, a multimedia museum in Los Angeles that examines racism and prejudice around the world.

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Ben Temple named Parker’s next Head of Upper School

Ben Temple has been named the School’s next Head of Upper School. He will begin his new role in July 2021. Ben has been the Head of Upper School at the Collegiate School in New York since 2015, where he is responsible for all aspects of the Upper School program and supervises 225 students, more than 50 faculty, and eight department heads. 

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Club Update: Speech & Debate

The Parker Speech & Debate Team competed in the San Diego Imperial Valley Speech League Individual Events tournament on October 23-24. Fourteen students competed on both Friday night and Saturday and had to navigate a novel virtual platform and other technological challenges but performed beautifully. 

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Alumni Interview: Wayman Yeldell ’09

Wayman Yeldell ’09 was one of four alumni featured earlier this month during the Upper School fall interim, “The Common Ideal of Character.” Wayman spoke in a prerecorded interview with Social Justice teacher Phil Trotter, Parker Director of Community Engagement Kevin Dunn, and Grade 12 student Eleni Stavros, Class of 2021.

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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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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.” 

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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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Student scheduling process refocuses on establishing cohorts

Middle and Upper School student schedules were being finalized for the 2020-21 school year on July 20 when California Governor Gavin Newsom announced the state’s new COVID-19 monitoring list. 

Suddenly, the hard work undertaken by Parker’s scheduling team was moot–the entire process would need to be redone. 

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