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PARKER VOICES

Expanding Community Engagement at Parker

Parker has always emphasized the importance of a student’s responsibility to engage meaningfully in their community. Colonel Francis W. Parker, whose educational philosophy the School was built upon, believed students should learn by doing and be encouraged to understand and fulfill their responsibilities as citizens of their community.

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Community Engagement in the Middle School

In Parker’s Middle School, Social Emotional Learning and Character Education programming occur through weekly Advisory meetings and three Life Skills weeks. Each grade level in Middle School has a specific theme to serve as a guide for Advisory and Life Skills. In sixth grade students explore self-awareness, in seventh – community awareness, and in eighth – global awareness.

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Helping Our Students Find Their Purpose

Happy New Year! It’s that time of the year: time when we reflect on our lives—the past year and the year ahead. For me, I begin with being happy about staying up until midnight and pretending to be in Times Square on east coast time. Check that box next to “I’ve still got it.” While many of us have a list of things to accomplish (learn to surf) or proxies for health and wellbeing (being able to stay up until midnight), having “the list” is what allows us to thrive because it comes from “a deep sense of who [we] are.”

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