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Middle School Engine Project

In October, Robert C. Parker School 6th grade and 7th grade students examined, disassembled and repaired small combustion engines with engineering expert Len Berube. A scenario was posed: there is a polar scientific research station that has lost it’s power. … Continue reading

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Alumni News

Associate Director Susie Merrett reached out to alumni through Facebook.  Here are some of the great responses. Elana Cohen ‘10: Hey Susie! I’m at Cornell and currently studying to go to medical school; right now I’m planning on a double … Continue reading

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Mini-Summit on Science Education

We invited a group of scientists, engineers, and other innovative thinkers to have a round table discussion about trends in science education.  The event was electric!  The energy and excitement of this group as they spoke about possibilities was contagious.  … Continue reading

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Elevating the Hearts and Minds of Middle Schoolers

Ask a great middle school teacher, “What is the best part about teaching adolescents?”  Invariably they’ll tell you, “Middle school students are passionate about ideas and love a challenge!” Novelty and challenge are essential for the adolescent brain to continue … Continue reading

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Thesis Topics Revealed!

Students have decided on this year’s thesis topics. As always, it is fascinating to see the wide range of eighth graders’ interests. They will now embark on research, refining a thesis statement, writing, revising, and preparing a presentation.  Presentations that … Continue reading

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Parker alumni stories: Class of 2010

Peter Charde graduated from Lansingburgh High where he participated in the QUESTAR honors New Visions Program in Scientific Research and World Health.  He is now a freshman at The Watson School of Engineering at SUNY Binghamton where he rows crew. … Continue reading

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Parker takes a First and a Second at First LEGO League

Our very own Parker BOTS were awesome on Saturday at the First LEGO League Robotics competition at RPI. The BOTS won FIRST place in the Core Values Presentation and SECOND place overall out of the twelve teams competing!!!! Next week … Continue reading

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Neuroscience research and what it means for Parker

I just returned from two conferences for Heads of independent schools.  It was  great to visit with colleagues, to share what we are doing at our schools, and talk about the joys and challenges of educating children in today’s world.  … Continue reading

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Friendships across the ocean

What could be more wonderful than having a best friend from Barcelona, Spain?  If you ask a Parker middle school kid, the answer is “Nothing!”  For the past 8 days, Parker has had the privilege of hosting nine students from … Continue reading

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Integrated Spanish in Preschool

Being bilingual is a useful skill in a global world.  It benefits the brain, too, in ways we are just beginning to understand.  In the article Could Bilingual Education Mold Kids’Brains to Better Resist Distraction? the author explores some of … Continue reading

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