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PARKER COMMUNITY

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 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.

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‘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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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?” 

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‘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.  

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A Garden of Their Own

When Parker closed earlier this month in response to the escalating COVID-19 global pandemic, Upper School students Zach Dean and Tess Karras found themselves missing their time working in the Social Justice Garden on the Linda Vista Campus. So they set about creating their own garden in Zach’s backyard. 

“We decided to start this garden as a way to give us something to do during this time at home,” says Tess, Class of 2021. “We’d seen what took place in the Social Justice Garden at School and figured we’d give it a try, especially since we figured there wasn’t much that could go wrong.”

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Grandparents Day at Middle and Upper School

Parker’s Middle and Upper School held its annual “Grandparents & Special Friends Day” Wednesday on the School’s Linda Vista Campus. Students, staff, and faculty welcomed 298 visitors, who were treated to a gourmet breakfast and live music from the Upper School Jazz Ensemble before embarking with the students to their classes.

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Parker Celebrates Third Annual Poetry Week

The Middle School students gathered in Lawrence Commons rise to their feet in unison and begin to follow the instructions of their guest teacher, Elizabeth Acevedo, the New York Times bestselling author of “The Poet X” and “With the Fire on High.” 

“Plant your feet proudly,” she directs them. 

“Pull your shoulders back–that lets the audience know you are confident. 

“You make sure you are heard.” 

And with that, Elizabeth calls up the first volunteer poet. 

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Filling a community need

A new, student-run technology club at Parker began like most organizations–by filling a need for a service. 

“We are a group of kids who provide tech support for senior [citizens],” says Brett Kim, Class of 2021. Brett is the president and founder of Tic Tac Tech. 

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