Parker Blog

Parker Alumna joins British Embassy

November 15, 2013

Lindsay Chura Dr Lindsay Chura (Parker class of ’98) joined the British Embassy in Washington as a Senior Policy Advisor in Science and Innovation in September 2013 after completing her PhD as a Gates Cambridge Scholar at the University of Cambridge. Lindsay received her doctorate in Psychiatry for her research that applied neuroimaging techniques to…

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Looking Deeper: Dramatic Play

November 1, 2013

Pre K 3 Teacher, JoAnn Bennett We will look deeper at Dramatic Play often over the course of this year, as it is one of the most fundamental vehicles of learning for young children.  Within Dramatic Play, children literally “try on” roles as they seek to expand and learn about their world.  Dramatic Play utilizes…

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The Big Dig

October 28, 2013

 What does trash tell us about culture?  Parker sixth and seventh graders are trying to find out – first by conducting an archeological dig at the school’s old kitchen midden.  Then by connecting what they learn to their study of ancient Egypt.  Parent Aaron Gore, archeologist and a principal investigator with the New York State…

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Coming soon to the Parker woods …A science pond

October 25, 2013

Back when Parker’s property was a dairy farm, there was a farm pond that has become a wet area filled with multi flora roses and reeds.  The School’s Facilities Committee along with Planet Parker Coordinator Jamie Crouse and science teacher Kate Perry are working to restore it as a science pond.  They have scouted the…

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The Dirt on Muddy Boots Club

October 23, 2013

On Friday, brisk fall air and the crunch of leaves greeted kindergarten and first graders at Robert C. Parker School as they skipped along a woodsy path on the school’s 5K trail system. The group of 16 students enjoyed the cool weather and nature exploration during a Muddy Boots Club afternoon, designed to expand on…

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Citizen Science on Hudson River Snapshot Day

October 15, 2013

This was our fifth year collecting data on the Hudson River for Snapshot Day.  All the information goes to Lamont Dougherty Earth Observatory at Columbia for analysis in this DEC project involving over 70 schools from the Troy Dam to Manhattan.  The 2-3’s and 6-7’s take their responsibilities seriously as they measure turbidity, pH, salinity,…

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Building Fluency in Spanish

September 26, 2013

The feeling of accomplishment that comes with a child’s first steps toward a learning a second language inspires deeper and broader passion for learning in general.  And because young children are at a special window of opportunity in which language learning is intuitive and natural, the ease and pleasure of the experience boosts their confidence…

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Breathing for Mindfulness

September 25, 2013

Mindfulness, the self-managed ability to focus on the present, is a useful skill in a complex world.  As Patricia Broderick, PhD writes in her book Learning to Breathe, Learning to channel attention to productive tasks, to sustain motivation when work becomes demanding, and to handle the frustrations of sharing, learning, and communicating with peers are…

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Breathing for Mindfulness

September 24, 2013

Mindfulness, the self-managed ability to focus on the present, is a useful skill in a complex world.  As Patricia Broderick, PhD writes in her book Learning to Breathe, Learning to channel attention to productive tasks, to sustain motivation when work becomes demanding, and to handle the frustrations of sharing, learning, and communicating with peers are…

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New Teacher

July 25, 2013

I am happy to announce that we have hired a new English language arts teacher for middle school. Seth Tillinghast is happy to be joining our faculty. Seth graduated cum laude from the University at Albany with a BA in English and Journalism and an MS in Secondary Education.  He is certified in Language Arts…

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