Parker Blog

Celebrating a Community of Diverse Readers

March 9, 2023

We traditionally send students to school so they can learn to read, write and do arithmetic. But rarely do we stop and examine “What is the real value of reading?” Of course, reading enables our students to grow up and pursue careers in their chosen fields of interest. However, here at Parker we believe that…

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Give Parker Love!

February 10, 2023

There are so many things to love about Parker. From our bright, engaged, and curiosity-driven students, to our expansive natural campus that provides endless opportunities to explore, Parker is a cherished community that promotes lifelong learning success for our students. It takes a village to raise a child, and parent support is critical to supporting learning…

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Active Bodies – Active Minds!

February 10, 2023

Yesterday Punxsutawney Phil (the groundhog) saw his shadow, predicting six more weeks of winter. Here at Parker, we couldn’t be happier! Winter at Parker is a season full of exploration and enthusiasm, and our students fully immerse themselves in all that the season and it’s cold weather brings. With options ranging from sledding and building…

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The Power of Hands-On Learning

January 20, 2023

Here at Parker, we believe in the power of learning by doing. At all ages, and across all grade levels, Parker students are consistently immersed in hands-on learning activities that engage their senses and encourage them to explore their environment. Kinesthetic learning stimulates creativity, problem-solving, spatial awareness, and organization – all skills that lead to…

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Why Middle School Matters

January 13, 2023

Being in the middle is a position not often celebrated in our society. Middle children, middle of the back seat, a mid-life crisis — all are associated with the need to cope with a special set of “in-between” circumstances that somehow impacts one negatively. The same can often be said of middle school…but NOT here…

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Social-Emotional Learning and Wellness:An Interview with Katie

January 6, 2023

Children lead lives that are rich with feeling. From whirling joy to frustrated meltdowns, so much of what children experience and express is through the raw, unfiltered lens of emotion. Here at Parker, we understand that this is an essential developmental component of childhood. It is why we prioritize emotional security as one of our four core…

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Gaining Skills While Giving Back

December 9, 2022

This past Monday, our Parker 6th grade (with the support of Parker STEM teacher John Sherry) participated in Kids CAN Build!, an event hosted by Shalom Food Pantry at Crossgates Mall in Colonie. Kid’s CAN Build is a project for middle school students that brings awareness to food insecurity locally while simultaneously allowing students to…

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Special Friends-Giving

December 8, 2022

As we approach the holidays at Parker, we like to pause and reflect on our gratitude for all that we have, both in school and beyond. Last week, we asked our students what they were thankful for. Their answers were heart-warming, clever, and inspiring: “I’m thankful for happiness, home, and my class. I am grateful…

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Community Conversation: LGBTQ+ Inclusive Schools

November 18, 2022

Parker is a community of active learners. Our students dive deeply into hands-on projects, and our faculty are passionate about honing their skills through multiple professional development opportunities throughout the year. The ability to continuously learn and grow is a skill we expect in our extended community as well. It takes teamwork to truly live…

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Halls and Walls: Fall Edition

October 31, 2022

This is the time of year at Parker when our halls start bursting with the overflowing creative evidence of months of thoughtful and industrious project work. Students are fully immersed in the substantive work of bringing projects to fruition. Our students know that the work they do in the classroom has implications that reach beyond…

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