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An Interview with Leigh

One of the fortuitous new changes the pandemic precipitated this year was the creation of a stand alone Kindergarten classroom here at Parker. An independent Kindergarten class has been a long-standing dream of Parker teachers and administrators alike. Kindergarten serves as a transformative transitional year, both academically and emotionally. This year, especially, we felt it …

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Robert C. Parker Day 2020!

Every October, we dedicate one Friday to celebrating our namesake, Robert C. Parker, or as we affectionately refer to him, “Bob.” Bob was the principal of Emma Willard School from 1979 to 1986. He and his wife Marlisa, who directed the PreK-3rd grade Children’s School at Emma Willard, were an inspiration to the parents and …

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Creativity in Curriculum

Teaching at Parker is rewarding for many reasons: Small class sizes mean relationships between students and teachers are strong. Teachers have the freedom to delve deeply into topics of high interest and respond to each class, each year. The ability to exercise creativity and to be in control of their curriculum is very appealing. We …

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A Published Author

One hallmark of a Parker education is that we encourage our students to share their time, talents, and energy with others. Our students know that the work they do in the classroom has implications that reach beyond the halls of their school. This sense of creating for an authentic audience inspires students to produce work …

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Why Middle School Matters

Being in the middle is a position not often celebrated in our society. Middle children, middle of the back seat, a mid-life crisis — all are associated with the need to cope with a special set of circumstances that somehow impacts one negatively. The same can often be said of middle school…but NOT here at …

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If You Build It

Nurturing a cohesive community is so integral to the culture here at Parker that it is written right into our mission. As such, the beginning of our school year is full of intentional events designed to strengthen our school community. In a typical year, many of these events would take the form of social gatherings and …

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A Joyous Welcome Back!

This was a first week of school unlike any other. Although we all began last Tuesday anticipating many changes, we closed out our first week with overwhelming gratitude for how little of what truly distinguishes Parker has changed. Parker students are engaged, inquisitive, nurturing, and thoughtful — and nowhere was that more apparent this week …

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Parker Update

Dear Parker Community, Parker has filed its plans for reopening school with the NYS Department of Health. As I wrote earlier in the month, our plan is for in person instruction if the governor permits schools to open in our area. We have been told that his decision will be announced next week. Many people …

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