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Gateways - Enrollment - New Teachers Collaborative

Parker Families:

Happy New Year! We’ve welcomed students back with their good energy, tales of their holidays, and, for some of them, excitement about a Gateway Exhibition next week. Exhibitions are integral to the student experience in all three divisions at Parker and in Essential Schools more generally. Ted Sizer put it this way in Horace’s Hope (1996):

     Exhibitions consist of the presentation and discussion of the students’ actual efforts—their essays, arguments, and experiments…The idea of exhibitions derives as much from common sense as from custom. We do not judge a high school’s marching band and the individual players within it on the basis of brief snippets of taped music and videos of the marching. We want to see and hear that marching band in a real place, under real conditions, performing its entire repertoire, over time. The band ultimately knows full well how it is regarded, and why. At the same time, if well led, its members have a sense of what the target is, of how competence and excellence in this sort of endeavor is defined. They know from the observation of other, more experienced bands what they are aiming at, and they know that they have to go public and display their individual and collective work. This is a powerful incentive.

It's also enrollment season for prospective students and their families with additional information sessions scheduled in January. Thanks for sharing news of Parker with your friends and neighbors! Application deadline is February 1, 2018. Siblings of currently enrolled students have preference in the lottery AND must fill out the application by February 1.

Maybe one of your friends or neighbors is interested in becoming a teacher. Encourage him, her, or them to explore the New Teachers Collaborative, a key Parker program that allows early career teachers to learn-by-doing, teaching at Parker or at one of our partner schools.

~Todd

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January 19, 2018
Completed applications must be submitted by February 1, 2018 to be included in the enrollment lottery - including the SIBLINGS of CURRENT students...
January 19, 2018
The Parker Ski/Snowboard Club runs six (6) sessions. due to the cancellation of school on January 17th, we will now end on Wednesday, February 28th...
January 19, 2018
When school is cancelled or delayed because of inclement weather...
January 19, 2018
Want to help but don't know how? Teacher Appreciation is a way to show a little love to the Parker staff who go above and beyond for our children...
January 19, 2018
This week, we received strong support from our Current Staff!
January 19, 2018
Next Tuesday, January 23rd, we will begin our first unit of the new semester where we will be studying the classic novel, "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee...
January 19, 2018
The Parker Art Department (aka Ashley's Sculpture class) is looking for donations...
January 12, 2018
If and when you have books or DVDs that are just taking up space...
January 19, 2018
Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), "Take 3" actions to fight the flu...
January 12, 2018
Most events are free and open to the public...
January 19, 2018
Spring Sports Sign-Up will take place on Thursday, February 8th...
November 9, 2017
There are a few norms for the Lunch Program of which we would like to make the Parker Community aware...
December 19, 2017
I am happy to announce that we have partnered with Open Door, a test prep agency in Acton, to help with the Practice ACT this year...
December 8, 2017
Includes a stop HERE at the Parker School!
September 8, 2017
An updated carpool information list will be available the first week of October...
December 8, 2017
Regularly scheduled meetings of the Parker Board of Trustees are held in Room 27 at the Parker School from 6:45 PM until 9:00 PM.
December 8, 2017
Essential Question: A broad question around which a large part of a year's work is organized; a question that helps to focus work across the domains.
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