Parker Posts

Breathing for Mindfulness

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

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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Leadership in Middle School

Leadership and Social/Emotional Development —  Parker middle school students have many opportunities to develop socially and to practice leadership: as MC’s of assembly, speakers for hunger awareness events, team-building on the ropes course, and advocates for causes.  Designing an even more intentional program for fostering specific leadership skills, Parker teachers are looking at ideas from …

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New Program Initiatives

Program As we continue to distinguish Parker as a leader in globally focused education and student leadership we will be refining and expanding several programs at Parker next year. Spanish —  Spanish teacher, Erin Wallace will be expanding the Spanish program in several ways.  She will be spending more time speaking, singing and interacting in …

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Summer 2013 Faculty Update

Faculty We have a few changes in the works with next year’s teachers.  Our beloved Zoe, Liliana’s assistant in K-1, will be leaving to head back to her hometown, Nantucket.  We have hired Lauren Delaney to take her place.  Lauren is a veteran teacher of 4 years as the leader for the Parker Planeteers at …

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Class of 2013

Graduation and Regents Graduation was June 5.  It was a beautiful send off to the class of 2013.  The speeches of the graduating class were heart felt and expressed appreciation for teachers, friendships, hard work and fun.  “Probably the most important thing I learned from attending this school is how to talk to others, to …

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Active learning

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

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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