Parker Blog

We’re Postal for Project Work!

February 16, 2024

We strive for an active education for all students here at Parker. At every grade level, our students are lively, engaged, and learning-by-doing. Parker students are natural investigators, and the emergent curriculum here inherently lends itself to following where their curiosit leads. To do this most effectively, Parker teachers use a unique method of progressive education called…

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State of the School

January 26, 2024

This past Friday, Robert C. Parker School hosted our State of the School address virtually for an audience of current families, donors, and friends. This annual presentation by our Board and Head of School offers a behind-the-scenes understanding of how our school is run, and provides an opportunity for us to share all that we…

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A Day in the Life of a Parker Middle Schooler

January 24, 2024

When you look back on your experience as a middle schooler, what do you remember? For most of us, memories of middle school are a mixed bag of very big emotions. The middle school years are primarily marked by change — changes in schedules, changes in bodies, changes in friends and social groups. Vulnerability is…

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Welcoming the New Year

January 5, 2024

Classes have resumed at Parker, and our students returned joyful, jubilant, and eager to dive in to the hearty winter work ahead. These upcoming winter months are some of the most industrious and productive here at Parker. Routines are established, our students are comfortable and confident, and the knowledge and skills they’ve acquired over the…

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Savoring Traditions

December 30, 2023

Tradition holds tremendous value in the lives of our children. As such, tradition also holds a very important place in the life of our school. Engaging in traditions helps strengthen our community. By offering consistency and security, traditions help to strengthen social bonds, giving children a sense of trustworthiness and reliability. They also teach children…

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An Interview with Julia

December 8, 2023

December 8, 2023 Kindergarten is a transformative, transitional year both academically and emotionally. Children enter our Kindergarten program with varying levels of school experience and readiness. For some, Kindergarten is a natural extension of the emergent, child-centered approach they have already experienced in preschool here at Parker. For others, Kindergarten might be their first experience…

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Extra, Extra, Read All About It!

December 1, 2023

Elevating student voices has long been a priority and highlight of our education here at Parker. With that in mind, we are proud to share our November edition of The Parker Press. This month, we are proud to feature the work of our 5th grade class, whose combined efforts have created a charming and engaging…

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Rube Goldberg project

From Makers to Model Citizens

November 17, 2023

Spotlight on Rube Goldberg projects Here at Parker, we follow a progressive model of education designed to scaffold independence, motivation, and risk-taking in developmentally appropriate ways for each grade. Educators are constantly aiming to hit that sweet spot between teacher-directed instruction and student-led exploration. It is in this happy middle that our students find their…

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Extra, Extra, Read All About It!!!

October 27, 2023

Elevating student voices has long been a priority and highlight of our education here at Parker. In particular, we have dedicated this year to seeking out more opportunities to share the perspectives and passions of our middle schoolers. This is an important step in fostering the ability to take a position, communicate factually, and cultivate…

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Better Together: The Power of Community

October 20, 2023

It takes a village to raise a child, and it takes a community to raise a school. This past Saturday, we basked in the abundance of community as Parker families, faculty, and friends gathered together for our Community Work Day. Community Work Day is an important event in the year of our school for one…

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