Parker Blog

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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A Day in the Life of the Hudson

October 6, 2023

This Thursday, students in our 1-2 and 8th grade classes spent the day on the Hudson River as a part of the annual A Day In The Life of the Hudson event. Our 8th graders led our 1-2s through various scientific data collecting stations focused on aquatic life, current speed, water clarity, and dissolved oxygen. Art teacher…

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You’ve Got a Friend in Me

September 29, 2023

Students who feel connected to school are more likely to succeed. They are motivated to show up, invested in their work, and care about their final outcomes. School connectedness – the belief held by students that the adults and peers in their school care about their learning and about them individuals – is associated with…

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It Starts at Chingachgook

September 26, 2023

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. Camp Chingachgook has a longstanding history at Parker of providing this foundational experience for our middle…

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Many Happy Returns…

September 9, 2023

The first week at Parker has flown by in a flurry of joyful reunions, warm new welcomes, and plenty of thoughtful foundation building for the year to come. Typically, our first week at Parker is spent building relationships and helping children to establish their identities, both individually and as a community. Parker students are engaged,…

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