Monday, June 21, 2010
Jamie, our Planet Parker coordinator has set up a "Ning" for Planet Parker - It is like a themed Facebook page. Here is the link planetparker.ning.com - you can join, or just visit the link on occasion to see all the activities, photos, and action.
Monday, June 14, 2010
Parker alumni are pretty awesome. Here is a link to the totally incredible action video made by Curt Morgan, '96, and a link to his Jackson Hole company, Brain Farm. Curt was a student who was allowed to stand at his desk at Parker, because he was not so great at sitting. Susie Merrett remembers that he also started his skate boarding and snowboarding career at Parker. Obviously, motion is inherent to his nature!
Susie Merrett recently heard form Matt Martin, with news on some other Parker alumni:
I don't want to embarrass Tom(my) Dollar, but I thought you might be interested to hear that he's working for fivethirtyeight.com, which many consider one of the best political blogs out there:
Dan Sachs is also starting a new job at an exciting clean energy company in San Diego, Sapphire Energy (http://www.sapphireenergy.com/).
Hope all is well in North Greenbush! ~ Matt
Some recent alumni visitors: Marcus Haney and John LaRue (with Laura and Carol), and on graduation night, Kelsey, Rachel, Ben, Max and Jack (with Natalie.)
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Listening to the 8th graders practice their graduation speeches, I was struck by recurring themes: the joy of being in a place where they can be themselves and be appreciated for who they are, and where friendship and adventure are valued. This is what is important to the students at this moment in their lives - and beyond all else gives them the confidence and courage to step into the next stage of their lives.
As the adults guiding them, we their teachers and parents, can feel proud of the educational excellence that we have so carefully crafted, and the kids can take great pleasure in remembering a place where they got what they needed - acceptance, encouragement, celebration, and space to grow!