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ACADEMICS

Windows and Mirrors: Reflecting the Student Experience at Parker

On the first day of Black History Month, Upper Schoolers participated in Parker’s fourth annual Diversity Day, focusing on the intersection of race, class, and gender. The very next day, Parker hosted its first Pollyanna, a day-long diversity conference that invites local private and independent schools into one room to work towards a common goal. This year’s goal: building and sustaining a diverse community that reflects the student experience.

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Bridging School Divisions

For those in Grades 6 and 9, it is an especially significant occasion as they bridge to a new school division. Grade 6 students leave behind the comforts of the Lower School that some have known since Junior Kindergarten, and Grade 9 students are about to embark on their last four years of school before heading off to college.

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Think, Act, Reflect.

The whole-School approach to community engagement brings focus and alignment to this work at all three divisions and furthers the School’s mission of character development and value-based learning. It also pushes students out of their comfort zones by taking them out of the classroom and educates them about relevant,
real issues facing their communities. It’s one thing for students to learn about homelessness in San Diego in social studies class, it’s another to prepare and serve meals and engage in conversation with the human beings standing in front of them.

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The Grade 5 Eco Adventures Project

There is a sense of urgency in the air as teams of Grade 5 students desperately grab for bamboo sticks, branches, and cordage in the Gooding Family Courtyard. With basic handmade tools, the students work together to use the natural materials to create a survival shelter for their team.

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California History Day 2019 Results

In May 2019, thirty-nine Francis Parker School students from all three divisions traveled to Sacramento to represent San Diego County at the National History Day California competition. At the end of the weekend competition, nine Parker students advanced to the National Competition, in addition to two students who won in the Elementary Poster Division.

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Junior Varsity Quizbowl Team Earns Top Honors at UCSD Spring Tournament

Parker’s Upper school junior varsity Quizbowl team took home first place at the University of California, San Diego Spring Quizbowl tournament on Saturday, May 4. Grade 9 students Hayden Ghosh, Zachary Partnoy, Mark Rifkin, and Jesse Smith did well in the preliminary round with a 9-0 record. The last match of the prelims featured a monster comeback for the Lancers who were down 280-120 with six 10-point toss-up questions remaining, the Lancers correctly answered every one including three early buzz-ins earning a five additional “power” points each, which resulted in a 315-275 victory.

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Celebrating Kindness at Lower School

Last week, the Mission Hills Campus celebrated Kindness Week—an annual Parker tradition that brings focus to how the power of being kind can change yourself, change your community, and ultimately make the world a better place.

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Upper School students place in top 10 at Regional Science Olympiad

Parker Upper School students competed in the San Diego Regional Science Olympiad held at the University of San Diego on March 16. Under the direction of former Parker teacher Rose Hanscom, the School sent two teams of 20 students to compete against 69 other teams from across the county. Parker students finished 10th overall and earned top finishes in a number of categories.

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