Category: parker voices


Discovering and Preserving a Sense of Self

For students to thrive, they need to understand that they have inherent value and worth—they have dignity. Defining oneself is built on this essential understanding just as creating community is built upon this same foundation that everyone at Parker is heard, valued, and respected.

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S.T.R.I.V.E.: The Building Blocks of Character Education at Parker

Over the years, I’ve often told the story of how S.T.R.I.V.E. came to be. It was born from the desperation of a first-year principal who was trying to get a handle on an abundance of discipline problems—frequently described as “a line of children issuing out of my office.” It seemed as though my first year as principal was spent dealing with student discipline issues.

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Strength of Character

Character education has never seemed so necessary. A decade or so ago, we shifted our academic curriculum to prepare our students for the challenges of the 21st century, understanding that, in an increasingly complex world, they would need to know how to deal with the many and varied challenges they will face.

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Parker Students Do Amazing Things!

Two weeks ago I received an email from a Parker family that captured all that we hope for our students. In a moment of celebration and appreciation, I recalled that this is the most recent of many similar emails. Now in my twelfth year at Parker, our families have touched my heart more times than I can count.

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Measuring Student Engagment

Helping our students develop the skills they need to thrive is at the heart of all we do and we are constantly evaluating how well we are fulfilling that mission. One measure of the student experience is engagement.

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Athletic Director’s Message: Fall Season Wrap-Up

With so many talented athletes having graced the fields, courts, and waters—playing hard, posting impressive records and generally imposing their wills on the competition is always the overarching theme. You may feel as if you’ve read this sports wrap-up before. But rest assured that you haven’t: I am new, and the Spirit of Parker is alive and well. Indeed the fall brought yet another impressive athletic season to Parker in 2018. This being my first year as Parker’s Athletic Director, I am proud to tell the story of your fall athletic season thus far (teaser: It’s not over yet!)

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