Parker Blog

Enrollment Survey Findings Presented by Siena Class

June 20, 2014

Siena College Professor Paul Thurston had his undergraduate marketing class survey, interview, and analyze information from several area schools including Parker, to find out what is most important for parents in the enrollment process and what is the school’s value proposition compared to peer schools. The survey results showed that parents are generally very satisfied…

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Animated Autobiographies develop skills on many levels

June 20, 2014

Integrated Technology Unit: Concept to Story Completion The 4/5s undertook an exciting integrated technology project this term, creating original animations of important events and memories from their life stories.  Students used a computer animation program and had their own studio where they created their animation projects, offered constructive critique to classmates, and shared ideas in…

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Reflecting on STEM

May 23, 2014

When Parker students work together in teams to solve engineering challenges, that’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).  If you add in the arts, it makes STEAM.  And if you also add in reflection and peer critique, you get crucial assessment and feedback.  Voila!  In-depth, iterative, analytical learning that kids love. This spring, students were designing…

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Alumni in DC and Silicon Valley

April 4, 2014

Matt Martin ‘99 organizes politicians for public good.  He works in Washington DC for The NewDEAL, a not-for-profit he helped launch in 2009.  It’s a network of over 100 pro-growth progressive state and local elected leaders from around the country who focus on innovative ways to unlock economic opportunity for people in the changing economy.…

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Renovations Are in the Planning Phase

March 26, 2014

We have a dream that our building and learning spaces will support and reflect the excellence of our program.  The dream has been articulated by parents, teachers, students, and trustees in forums, surveys and discussion, and the Board’s Facilities and Development Committees are writing a master facilities plan and putting price tags and timelines on…

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College Connections: Fresh Perspectives

March 3, 2014

Our region is blessed with so many wonderful colleges and universities and Parker has several ongoing partnerships. Our program of student teachers from Hudson Valley and College of St. Rose is a benefit for both sides.  Student teachers learn about an integrated project-based way of teaching from our master teachers, and we get the energy…

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Barcelona – Here We Come!

February 25, 2014

  an international cultural and language exchange How wonderful to be reunited with old friends!  Nine Parker students and two teachers arrived in Barcelona, Spain on February 16th for a week with host families while attending St. Peter’s School.  Their exchange visit is part of our partnership with St. Peter’s that includes pen pals, projects…

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The Evolution of a Science Pond

January 30, 2014

Every day in this cold, cold weather, the excavators and the big dump trucks are working away.  We have all watched with fascination as the new science pond takes shape to the north of the playing field. The pond will be a great feature of our outdoor-based science program.  It will  be a  centerpiece for…

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What If We Could Connect the World?

January 17, 2014

Parker 8th graders are spearheading a global language learning pilot project with Dr. Yong Zhao at the University of Oregon.  Dr. Zhao is the author of the new book, World Class Learners: Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students. Parker students will devise several projects for student-to -student language learning and test them to determine what could…

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6-7’s Advocate for Clean Water

November 15, 2013

Exploring our local ecosystems and how humans influence them has engaged the 6-7s in science class this fall. Tracking the changes occurring at our future pond site spurred many questions, ideas, and curiosities. The 6-7s collected and identifies plant samples, created scientific drawings of the site and plants, and discussed their ideas on habitats as…

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