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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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April 12, 2018
Division 1 & 2 students will be testing on various days during the months of April, May, and June...
April 12, 2018
The Class of 2018 Senior Project Exhibition Schedule and Essential Questions will be available soon...
April 12, 2018
You are invited to nominate yourself or someone else that you believe would be an excellent trustee for Parker...
April 12, 2018
The ECO Committee wants to have something in the Teacher's Lounge weekly...
April 12, 2018
More than a third of our families have given - if you haven't yet, you still have time...
April 5, 2018
At our Common Principles, Uncommon Lives event on March 24th, Todd announced an incredible opportunity...
April 12, 2018
Cole Senatore performs his Senior Project Electronic Music Album...
April 12, 2018
The day of Silence is a student-led national event...
April 12, 2018
Screening continues for students in Grades 7-9 after April vacation...
April 9, 2018
Most events are FREE and open to the public...
March 30, 2018
The latest trend in e-cigarettes...
March 30, 2018
The User Fee is due PRIOR TO THE FIRST GAME/MEET...
February 9, 2018
We are looking for a part-time kitchen assistant to join our staff...
March 12, 2018
Wednesday, March 28th and Friday, March 30th...
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...
April 6, 2018
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.
April 6, 2018
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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