Parker Blog

Education Forum with Dr. JoAnn Deak

February 15, 2013

Robert C. Parker School is proud to present a special evening forum for parents and educators with internationally renowned psychologist Dr. JoAnn Deak. The Magic Decade: Structuring Your Child’s Learning Environment During Ages 3 to 13 Monday, February 25 at 6:30 – 8 PM  Presentation and Q & A Certain areas of the brain have…

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Jesse Pickard ’98 honored in Forbes

February 11, 2013

Parker grad, Jesse Pickard ’98 was recently honored by Forbes Magazine in its 30 under 30 Games and Apps section, and also featured in the Times Union.  Jesse’s company makes an app for learning languages through games.  Parker kids use Mindsnacks for Spanish – and I’ve talked to students who have tried the Italian version,…

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Students Open an Exhibit at the Historical Society

December 11, 2012

Learning with a Purpose Taking their learning far beyond the walls of the classroom, the second and third graders at Robert C. Parker School are preparing a display for the Rensselaer County Historical Society museum in downtown Troy. Students will hold an opening of their exhibit, Native Americans, Farms and Troy: The Transformation of a…

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Parker Alumni: Modeling Lives of Purposeful Action

October 31, 2012

Morgan Lindsay ’00 is now a Parker trustee. A dedicated bobsledder through middle school and then in high school at Doane Stuart, Morgan switched to crew while at the University of Chicago.   Creating her own major in Scandinavian Studies, Morgan graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 2008.  She received study grants at the University of Oslo…

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Students Curate an Exhibit at Troy’s Historical Society

October 31, 2012

Students look for clues about Troy’s history On December 13, 2012 Parker 2-3’s will be mounting and curating a display at the Rensselaer County Historical Society about the development and transformation of rural, suburban and urban communities.  Their study has taken them on a historic scavenger hunt in Troy, a visit to Hancock Shaker Village,…

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Developing Naturalists and Leaders in Muddy Boots Club

October 31, 2012

It takes many wonder-filled afternoons in Muddy Boots Club balancing on branches, collecting treasures and making observations in the woods to learn to care deeply about natural science and the environment.  The Muddy Boots program has been extended from Pre K into K-1 and 2-3 this year.  Students spend time on Fridays conducting nature scavenger…

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Learning in nature

October 25, 2012

Follow me as I walk with the K-1 science class out looking for frogs.  Into the woods and along the sun dappled trail through Fort Ham to the West creek.  Look!  Something hopped!  We found frogs!  We also stood still to see and hear two woodpeckers and several chickadees.  Now we head back to school…

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Active learning

October 11, 2012

Follow me as I walk with the K-1 science class out looking for frogs.  Into the woods and along the sun dappled trail through Fort Ham to the West creek.  Look!  Something hopped!  We found frogs!  We also stood still to see and hear two woodpeckers and several chickadees.  Now we head back to school…

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Character

October 11, 2012

Paul Tough argues in his new book that the qualities that predict success are not high scores on tests from preschool to the SAT’s, but skills that have more to do with character: perseverance, curiosity, conscientiousness, optimism and self-control.  You can read more about his ideas in this NPR article, Children Succeed with Character, Not…

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Bees at Parker

March 13, 2012

This article appeared in the November 2011 issue of BEELINE, the publication of the Southern Adirondack Beekeepers Association My name is Jamie Crouse and I am an administrator at the Robert C. Parker School, a Pre K – 8 school in North Greenbush, NY.  This past year we have embarked on a beekeeping adventure, sparked…

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