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The latest news from Parker School

Our Growing Legacy

JANUARY-MAY 2017

Our Mission At Parker School, every student is known, valued and nurtured. Our small-school setting and dynamic program foster confident, compassionate individuals who are thoroughly prepared for college, who enthusiastically engage in life and who positively contribute to an ever-changing global community. Stay informed by checking the Parker School website regularly at www.parkerschoolhawaii.org. Na Mea Hou is published August through June by the Advancement Office of Parker School. Advancement Director: Theresa Bain Advancement Associate: Lani Morris

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his year, as Parker School marks our 40th anniversary, we’re also celebrating a new growing legacy of family tradition. Sixteen children of alumni currently attend Parker School. This is the largest number of second generation students our school has seen in its four decades since opening in 1976. This exciting trend began approximately 15 years ago when Parker Kindergarten teacher and ῾89 alumna Jackie (Wood) Sills’ four children attended Parker School. “We wanted our daughters to be known for the individuals they are, not just another kid in a big school,” says Sills. Over the last several years, the number of second generation Bulls has been on a steady rise thanks in part to Parker’s strong K-12 reputation. Of the 16 second-generation students currently attending Parker School, two are in upper school, six in middle school and eight in lower school. New lower school parent and ῾91 alumna, Mimi (Knowles) Kerley, shares why they chose to send their first grader to Parker School: “My husband and I appreciate the enthusiasm, skill, and dedication Continued >

Publications Associate: Krista Anderson Graphic Design/Web Specialist: Jessica Young Please e-mail articles, photos, class notes or event notices to advancement@ parkerschoolhawaii.org. News about students and submissions from students are especially welcome. Help Parker School Go Green! If you receive a hard copy of the newsletter, ask to receive Na Mea Hou by e-mail only. Notify us at advancement@parkerschoolhawaii.org. Note: In preparing this publication we diligently try to avoid errors and omissions. Please accept our apologies and notify the Advancement Office if any are discovered.

(left to right): Anna Gaglione, grade 10, with her dad Joe Gaglione ‘93, Estri (Doe) Olson ‘01 with her daughter Nithera in grade 2, Jackie (Wood) Sills ‘89 with her grandson Haloa in grade 2, Erin (Baldwin) Brown attended Parker from 1994-97 with her daughter Kilihea in kindergarten, Mike Stewart attended Parker from 1977-79 with his son Kaimana in grade 8 and daughter Anela in grade 6 and Mimi (Knowles) Kerley ‘91 with her son Nolan grade 1.


CAMPOUT CONTINUES

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arker middle and upper school students started the school’s 40th academic year with their annual campout on August 17. Upper school students spent the day and night at Puakea Ranch in Kohala, while middle school explored Kalopa State Park and returned to campus to sleep in tents. “Some of the greatest values gained from our campout tradition are students recognize Parker School is a safe place, that they are accepted here and can trust one another,” says Tina Doherty, Parker Middle School Head. This beloved tradition began in the 1980s to bring students together as a whole while strengthening bonds amongst each class. This purpose remains the same today and is treated as a rite of passage by students.

Students Celebrate

Paniolo Roots

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ore than 70 Parker students in grades K-12 honored our school’s paniolo roots by marching in the Hawai‘i Island Festival’s Paniolo Parade on September 17 in Waimea. Four female students also rode horseback in the parade including Alana Halstead (Parker senior), Anela Stewart (grade 6), Zoey Quiocho (grade 6) and Sasha Golubitskiy (grade 6).

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Legacy > Cont. of the teachers in the lower school. We also heard glowing reviews from friends who enrolled their children in prior years.” Fond memories of their time at Parker and the evolution of the school are additional reasons many first generation Bulls are choosing their alma mater for their children. “We wanted our children to have the same experience I did at Parker,” says Sills. “Students still participate in weekly family meetings, annual campout and many other long-standing traditions. Plus, the feeling of ‘ohana is still alive at Parker,” says Sills. Kerley adds, “Because of my experience at Parker during my high school years, I can appreciate even more the changes the school has manifested and the way it has evolved its identity as an important organization focused on the well-being and education of keiki and youth in our community. At the same time, the feeling of 'ohana, has remained the same. Parker continues to be a school that accepts everyone for who they are, knowing that each student has a different view of their academic career and life trajectory.” In the coming years and decades, we hope this new trend turns into another longstanding Parker tradition. Thanks to the Sills ‘Ohana, Parker moved closer toward this reality as their grandson became the first third generation Bull to attend Parker School. Go Bulls!

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arker sophomores Lyle Coffee and Malia Dills along with Parker faculty member Susan Rickards participated in the 2016 International Union for Conservation of Nature’s World Conservation Congress (IUCN WCC) held on O‘ahu August 31 – September 6. Held every four years, this is the world’s largest conservation event and the first time it was held in the United States. Lyle and Malia were selected from just 21 students from Hawai‘i and Canada to participate in the high school IUCN Canada-Hawai‘i Exchange Program. Susan Rickards, Hawaiian Studies and Biology teacher, shared, “Students were immersed in learning about sustainability, science, Hawaiian culture and stewardship, with many exciting hands-on and experiential activities every day.” Program activities included learning and service projects to heiau, kalo farms, fishponds, the ahupua‘a of Waimea Valley, voyaging wa‘a, and IUCN WCC conference presentations. After seven days of discussions on environmental and cultural restoration and the power of community to achieve

great results, Rickards concluded, “I am much more optimistic about the future of our planet, having spent time with the next generation of conservation leaders.”

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PARKER SCHOOL ‘OHANA KICKS OFF YEAR WITH ANNUAL FALL

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BBQ

he entire Parker School 'ohana gathered for Parker School’s annual Fall BBQ on Friday, September 23. This beloved tradition brought together all 337 students ranging from kindergarten through grade 12 along with their families, teachers, administrators, staff and board members to kick off the new academic year. This year’s BBQ also celebrated Parker School’s 40th anniversary.

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Baby Lilley

ongratulations to Parker Chorus Director and Lower School Music Teacher Sara Jane Lilley and her husband, Scott, who welcomed daughter Senna Jane Lilley on August 17 at 8:00 p.m. She weighed 8 lbs 7 oz. and was 21 inches long. Na Mea Hou


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Baby Cathey

ongratulations to Parker Upper School Spanish and Grade 6 History Teacher Cassie Valley and her fiancĂŠ Scott Cathey, who welcomed daughter Lilyanna Anuhea Jean Cathey on October 28 at 10:58 a.m. Lilyanna weighed 7 lbs 6 oz and was 20 inches long.

RUN WINS for HOPE

SIXTH GRADER

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ongratulations to Kanoa Blake, grade 6, for winning Four Seasons Hualalai’s annual Run for Hope 5K race with a time of 20 minutes 27 seconds on September 11.

Pumpkinpalooza

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arker School hosted a family-friendly Pumpkinpalooza celebration on Saturday, October 22 inviting the community to a fun-filled day of games, prizes, face painting, local pumpkins for sale, and two haunted houses. Proceeds from this student-led event supported student life at Parker School.

January-May 2016


FROM

Advancement Director Theresa Bain Aloha Parker ‘Ohana!

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It’s hard to believe a half year has elapsed since I stepped off the airplane in July as the new Advancement Director of Parker School. Never could I have imagined the warm welcome and tireless support that greeted me in my new role. Thanks to all of you – faculty, staff, families and volunteers – who are helping make this another remarkable year for Parker School and our community. A special thank you to all of you who have contributed to date to our Annual Fund. As you know the actual cost of educating each Parker School student is much more than we receive in tuition. Your donations to the Annual Fund help mitigate this difference and allow the continuation of such opportunities as exciting field trips, attendance at student contests and conferences, and an array of fine arts and athletic programs – all of which make Parker School uniquely suited to each student. Our goal as a department is to show where your donation dollars go and how your generosity specifically and positively affects the lives of our students.

NEW this year!

Although only half way through our school year, I am pleased to announce that we have 100% participation in Annual Fund giving by our board, faculty and staff. was very successful as we doubled the number who gave and raised a total of $12,400 in just one day! Efforts are underway to further energize the giving by current parents which stands at 27%. As always our goal for current parent giving is 100% which will help ensure maximum contributions from foundations and our community. Another area of focus for the Annual Fund will be that of our alumni as we hope to double the percentage of contributions from that group.

12th Annual Kahiau auction. Thank you to all of you who have already donated your items, time and treasure to this wonderful event benefitting more students through financial aid.

Our first half of the year has been a strong and exciting one for our faculty, staff and students – with much more to come. On March 4, 2017 we’ll gather at the Fairmont Orchid Hawai’i Hotel for our

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I look forward to a continued partnership with each of you and to serve this amazing community.

Mahalo nui loa!

Theresa Bain Questions? 808-885-8709 tbain@parkerschoolhawaii.org advancement@parkerschoolhawaii.org

Parker School Alumni ‘Ohana Parker School @parkerschoolhawaii

Our silent auction is moving online. The majority of silent auction items will be available online, offering greater access to bidders regardless of location or event attendance.

Our online auction will be available from February 27 at 5:00 p.m. through March 4 at Kahiau, closing at 7:30 p.m. Hawaiian Standard Time.

Select items will still be available for bidding in-person the evening of the event. Please share the auction link with family, friends and colleagues:

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January-May 2016


PARKER SCHOOL Happenings First Day of School

Lower School Cross Country Race

Halloween

Fall Play – Dorothy in Wonderland

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Kindergarten and First Grade Winter Play

Middle and Upper School Performing Arts Showcase

Lower School Winter Concert Lower School Cookie Decorating

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Athletics News from Athletic Director Nicole Vedelli Aloha, We are half way through our year and I would like to take this time to thank those parents, faculty, staff, and athletes who have given so much of themselves to sports at Parker School. It is with great appreciation that I extend a heartfelt thanks to those of you who clearly love sports and believe that it is an extremely important part of life and upbringing. It has been an exceptional year so far and we have all of you to thank for it. Here’s to the next part of the year! GO BULLS!!

VARSITY CROSS COUNTRY: Captain and senior Ben Smith led the cross country team to personal best time success. Congratulations to all 10 athletes who made us proud. As Ben graduates this year, we will absolutely miss him in years to come. Most Valuable Runner went to freshman Jordan Vedelli who was one of the faster runners. Jordan showed his dedication by attending all meets and most practices throughout the season. Emily Fetsch took home the Holomua Award with the most improved personal best time being met by the end of the season. With leadership, dedication to all races and practices, the Coaches Award went to two athletes, Macey Note and Zoe Vann. Congratulations, runners! VARSITY AND JUNIOR VARSITY VOLLEYBALL: It was an incredible year of growth,

development and inspiration for these ladies. They came out on top with a season that they can call their own. They have come so far and have developed so quickly that we cannot wait to see what they’ll do next year. We sadly say goodbye to seniors Kawe Lincoln, Susie Krall and Kenzie Nelson. You will be missed! Congratulations to Emily Smith and Ally Thomas who earned the Holomua Award. Meira Bonnici and Kenzie Nelson earned the Coaches Award and Kawe Lincoln took home Most Valuable Player.

RUN FOR HOPE AT HUALALAI: Every year our middle school and high school cross country teams are well represented and recognized at this charitable running event in September. This year our very own 6th grader Kanoa Blake took first place overall with a race pace of 6:35 for a total time of 20:27. In addition, Jordan Vedelli placed first in his age group and sixth overall with a time of 24:07. MIDDLE SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY: Our middle school cross country team consisted of 22 runners taking Parker School to new heights. Their first meet was held at Waimea Middle Na Mea Hou

School, where our girls’ team placed second and our boys’ team placed first. Sixth grader, Kanoa Blake, again took first place overall in the boys race.

LOWER SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY: Our lower school cross country team held a 1K race at Parker on October 5 for 15 athletes. Top finishers in the girls’ race includes: 1st - Skylar Pinkert, 2nd - Annamaria Ramirez, 3rd - Sophie Christopher. Top finishers in the boys’ race included: 1st - Kaden Aguilar, 2nd - Kauila Kapuniai, 3rd - Julius Bowers. MIDDLE SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL: Our middle school volleyball team consisted of 21 athletes who gave it their all this year. Thank you to both Coach Healani Leialoha and Coach Danny Guerpo for their time and dedication. Our athletes were well prepared and had a great competitive season! MIDDLE SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Practices started in November and we opened up our middle school basketball program to grades 4 and 5. Coach Keola and Coach Brendan are looking forward to the season with practices on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:15-5:00 p.m. on our very own basketball court. Coach Keola Perriera can be reached at keola.perreira@gmail.com. LOWER AND MIDDLE SCHOOL TRACK AND FIELD: Will begin after the holiday break on January 11. Lower

school practices will be from 2:35-3:15 p.m. and middle school practices from 3:15-4:00 p.m. both on the lower school soccer field. Please email Coach Julia Simmons at juliadsimmons@yahoo.com if you have any questions.

Upper School Winter Sports: Current schedules can be found on our school’s weekly Webflash or our website calendar. You can also follow all Parker sports via Twitter @ParkerBulls.

SWIMMING: We are pleased to announce we will have a swim team this year. Thank you to Mrs. Tina Doherty for taking on the position of acting coach on deck during swim meets. For questions, please email Coach Tina at tdoherty@parkerschoolhawaii.org. BASKETBALL: It is already an exciting start to the boys’ basketball season. Parker School held its first Basketball Tournament on November 19 with Honoka‘a, Kohala, and HPA. After 6 hours of competition between the four schools, Parker School came out on top taking first place in the tournament. Big congratulations to the boys’ basketball team and to Head Coach Greg Dunigan and Assistant Coach Jay Leonard for their hard work.


PADDLING: Parker Bulls Paddling had their first race on December 3. Boys’ varsity took second place, while and our girls’ varsity earned first place. What a strong start to the season! We are looking forward to what lies ahead especially with many junior varsity paddlers competing to take it to the top. Good Luck Bulls!! UPPER SCHOOL SPRING SPORTS:

Spring will soon be upon us. Athletes, please make sure your updated physical clearance form is on file with the school or you will not be able to participate. We are looking forward to tennis and boys’ volleyball starting soon. For tennis questions, please email Coach Rami Ring at r.rami@hawaiiantel.net and for boys volleyball please email Coach Greg Dunigan at gdunigan@ parkerschoolhawaii.org.

MIDDLE SCHOOL SPRING SPORTS: Paddling and tennis will soon

be here. Signups will be on the middle school bulletin board when we return from the holiday break.

PARKER BULLS SOCCER CLUB

News

Congratulations to our Parker Bulls U8 and U10 soccer teams. Both teams placed 2nd in the Big Island HYSA Fall 2016 Championship games held on November 12 and 13. Our PBSC U8 team, coached by Mike Breeze and Jon Gaff, won their playoff game on Saturday and went to play the Strikers U8 team in the Championship game Sunday. Both team played a hard fought game that finished with the 6-1 victory for the Strikers. Also winning their playoff game, the PBSC U10 team, coached by Stephen Pagano and Tiffany Freitas, moved on to the Championship game Sunday against the KCSA U10 team. Our boys did an amazing job at competing but came away with a 3-1 loss giving them 2nd place in the Fall Season Championships. All the PBSC teams played an outstanding season. Thank you to our awesome coaching staff. Our success wouldn’t be possible without your knowledge and dedication. Mahalo!! Thank you to all the amazing players, parents and families for your continued support. We are looking forward to an exciting Spring season. The 2017 Spring season recruitment event will be held mid-January. Keep your eye out for the webflash announcement. Questions? Write PBSC@parkerschoolhawaii.org. Our Parker Bulls Soccer Club is looking to hire experienced soccer coaches for the upcoming Spring season. Without more coaches we may not be able to field some teams.Please contact PBSC Coaching Director Billy Pleuss at soccer@parkerschoolhawaii.org.

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ore than 200 people got splashed in color at Parker School’s 17th Annual George Heneghan Fun Run and Color Stampede on October 30, the largest turnout in its history.

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“We had a total of 207 runners in our 1K and 5K races, which makes this our biggest and best year yet,” said Nicole Vedelli, Parker School athletic director. Thirty kids ages 11 and under competed in a one kilometer race at the school’s lower campus, followed by a five kilometer race with more than 170 participants ages 12 and older. Runners and walkers were splashed in powdered color at four color stations throughout the race. Established in 1999, this event is in memory of Hawai‘i architect George Heneghan, an accomplished athlete, Parker teacher and coach of cross country and track from 1992 to 1998. Parker School Athletics wishes to thank everyone who participated and supported this event including: Five Mountain Fitness, Big Island Running Company, Ironman, Kawaihae Crossfit, Starbucks, and Mamane Bakery. All proceeds support Parker School’s athletics program. January-May 2016


‘OHANA DAY

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tudents collected 2.5 tons of canned goods and raised $3,000 for North Hawai‘i food banks as part of the school’s 5th annual ‘Ohana Day on November 23. Students volunteered within the Waimea community in the morning and returned to campus for a short ceremony to announce totals of the month-long food drive and to enjoy a chili cook off with family, faculty and staff. Over the last five years, students have collected a total of 18 tons of canned goods and donated more than $4,000 to North Hawai‘i food banks.

PARKER POWERLIFTING COMING ON STRONG IN 2017 THE PARKER BULLS POWERLIFTING TEAM will compete in the third annual Sonny’s Hawai‘i Island Powerlifting Championship February 19 at the Edith Kanaka’ole Tennis Stadium in Hilo. The all-day event is sanctioned by the World Association of Benchers and Dead Lifters (WABDL) and begins at 8:00 a.m. Lifters who finish in the top three of their divisions qualify for November’s WABDL World Championships, held this year in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Parker Bulls powerlifting team, now in their third year, look to defend their first place team finish. They have qualified for the World Championships in their divisions each year, with two lifters setting Hawai‘i State records at the Big Island competition last year. Micah Yamanaka ‘17, returns to best his Hawai‘i State Deadlifting record of 468.2 pounds in the 181-pound weight class. Mat Bal ‘16 set the Hawai‘i State Deadlifting record for the 128-pound weight class at 303 pounds. The Bulls train at Five Mountain Fitness and are coached by Bill Case and Susan Johnson of Five Mountain Fitness and Shellie Note-Gressard, Dean of Educational Services at Parker School.

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Parent Teacher Student ‘Ohana

HAPPY NEW YEAR PARKER SCHOOL FAMILIES!

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he Parker School Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO) is honored to offer continued support to students and faculty through out the school year. PTSO’s fund raising activities includes bi-annual recycling drive (Fall and Spring), Cake Walk at Fall BBQ and ongoing logo wear sales as well as family annual membership fee collectively provides funding for PTSO events and activities. Monthly teacher appreciation, support of Fall BBQ, Fall and Spring Grant offerings and sponsored parent forums are examples of ongoing support to the students, faculty and parents of Parker School. Blue Zone’s Sue Dela Cruz, North Hawai‘i Engagement Lead spoke to parents, PTSO and faculty about Hawai‘i’s Blue Zone Project and commended Parker School as being the first Blue Zones Project approved Private School in the state of Hawai‘i at a Parent Forum in November. Parker School administration provided information of the school’s ongoing support and dedication to the Blue Zone Project. The Grant Committee recently announced their Fall Grant awardees. A total of $2,250 was awarded to faculty for student enrichment and classroom enhancement.

Mini Grants: • Brent Takenouchi: $500 for 3D Printer, Jr Tech Lab, Printerbot Play 3D printer • Brent Takenouchi: $500 for Jr. Design Lab Consumables, Rubbermaid Bins, Asst Materials

News • Paige Brown & Caroline Landry: $500 for Lego We Do Kits, Lower School Robotics (1-3)

‘Ohana Grants: • Isabel Torres: $250 for Spanish Culinary Arts • Caroline Landry and Robotics Club: $500 for Airline Tickets, Middle School Robotics, and State Tournament on O’ahu Over the past several months PTSO has been working to revise the organization’s bylaws. The board and its members remain committed to work at improving continuity of the organization year to year and promote ongoing growth and service through fostering a more efficient organizational structure. Revision of bylaws will be finalized in early 2017. Please help to move this endeavor forward during the upcoming General Membership Meetings in January and February. Upcoming PTSO sponsored parent forums in the Spring will include refreshments and childcare. • Middle School and Lower School Homework Discussion with Faculty – Wednesday, January 18 at 5:00 p.m., Parker Theater • Capital Campaign Update - Thursday, February 16 at 5:30 p.m., Lower School ‘Ohana Room • Social Media – TBD PTSO monthly agenda and meeting minutes are found on webflash along with PTSO announcements and meeting schedule. PTSO can also be followed on Facebook. We welcome all parents to our Board and General Membership Meetings.

by PTSO President Pamela Adams

PTSO Board Meetings: Location: Upper School Library Day & Time: Mondays at 8:15 a.m. 2017 Dates: March 6, May 15 *Agenda and meeting minutes are located on webflash.

PTSO General Membership Meetings: Location: Upper School Library Day & Time: Mondays at 8:15 a.m. 2017 Dates: January 23, February TBD, April 10 *Agenda and meeting minutes are located on webflash.

2016-2017 PTSO Board Members: President – Pamela Adams Vice President – Dawn Farrell Secretary – Molly Hardin Treasurer- Wendy Weiser LS Reps – Coralie Ohuchi and Zehava Knowles MS Reps – Mary Pueringer and Nicole Koranda US Reps – Heather Yost and Kelly Herendeen

January-May 2016


Parker’s New Robotics Team Goes to

STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

Parker School’s two-year old middle school robotics team advanced to the Hawai‘i State Championship after placing third in Big Island’s FIRST LEGO League competition held at Kealakehe High School on November 12.

Suurkask, and Kohki Miyasaki. While, Parker’s “Bulls-Tech” team advanced to the Hawai‘i FIRST LEGO League State Championships on ‘Oahu on December 3 thanks to their third place finish. Bulls-Tech team members include: Kai Griley, Andrew Groves, Del Jordan, Kekoa Madison and Bobby Weiser.

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arker’s two teams, each with five students in grades 6-8, worked together to research and develop a solution to a realworld problem provided by FIRST LEGO League. This year’s challenge is called “Animal Allies” and is about animal vs. human interactions. Students were also challenged to design, build and program a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS®, to compete on a table-top playing field. This is the second year Parker School’s Robotics team participated in Hawai‘i’s FIRST LEGO League competition, with three students competing both years. Parker’s “Bulls-Robotics” team had a strong showing and included the following first-time competitors: Jayden Bosque, Zoe Cetre, Charlie Ostner, Anneli

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of carrying the Parker colors on a state level.

Parker’s “Bulls-Tech” Robotics team had a strong showing at State. Although they walked away without placing, students were proud

“Our students worked hard together to perform well,” said Caroline Landry, Volunteer Robotics Head Coach at Parker. “We are a young team and advancing to State was a pleasant surprise. I am proud of all 10 students.” FIRST LEGO League is a program by FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1989 in New Hampshire to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology.

MAHALO

to everyone who attended the Alumni Soccer Social December 18 SOCCER GAME

AND SOCIAL

See you for our Annual Summer Alumni Reunion!

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Alumni Notes Greg Hamilton ‘81

Jenna Gerdsen ‘10 was married this

stopped by Parker School in November while visiting his parents. He lives in Calgary, Canada with his wife and is a fire captain.

summer and is now pursuing her Ph.D at the University of Maryland.

Ethan Tweedie ‘85 is a commercial photographer and was recently published in a National Geographic book.

Peter Martin ‘97 is in the remarkable ensemble Third Coast Percussion. Their latest album of music by Steve Reich was recently nominated for a Grammy. Congratulations, Peter!

Erin Martin ‘99 welcomed a daughter, Lila Adams Lucas, on November 2 at 1:51 p.m. in Annapolis, Maryland. She weighed 8 lbs, 5 oz and was 19.75 inches long with a full head of dark hair.

Jazmine (Richter) Hallinan would have been an ‘11 graduate of Parker, but moved away her sophomore year. Jazmine stopped by Parker School in September to visit with faculty and see the house she grew up in which now holds a lower school Spanish classroom and the school’s Advancement Office. Jazmine is married and is a scientist at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle where she makes biological tools for gene therapy.

Corey Patton ‘11 is a second year law student at Seattle University School of Law and was recently selected to join the staff of the prestigious Seattle University Law Review. Law School students may receive invitations to become members of the Seattle University Law Review based on either their academic class rank after their first year of law school or through their successful participation in an annual writing competition. Corey was one of just 20 students invited to the Law Review staff in 2016, both as a result of his class ranking, as well as his performance in the 2016 writing competition wherein law students submitted their responses to a competition problem developed each year by the Seattle University Law Review staff.

Zen Kuriyama ‘11 made his Carnegie Hall debut as a professional choral ringer for the CBSNY Choirs in New York City on September 18. Zen graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree in music/voice from UH Manoa and is currently pursuing his master’s degree in music at Stony Brook University in New York.

Marit Winborne ‘12 graduated from Saint Mary’s College of California last May with a B.S. in business administration. She currently lives in the San Francisco Bay area and is the Operations Associate at VII Peaks Capital, LLC, an investment management firm. When not working, Marit enjoying exploring downtown San Francisco with friends.

Mariko Langevin ‘13 visited Parker School in August.

Sivan Najita ‘16 placed first in the World Powerlifting competition in Las Vegas on November 19. Sivan benched 248 lbs and deadlift 424 lbs. Congratulations Sivan!

Corey continues to fulfill his duties as an adjunct faculty member of Seattle University’s Department of Communication & Journalism, where he serves as Coach of the Seattle University Debate Team, and was also recently selected for a long-term internship with the City of Seattle where he serves as a Graduate Student Writer, tasked with supporting the city’s efforts to streamline and improve its Administrative Rules and Departmental Policy Documentation. Brady Lindsey ‘06 had a son named Nakoa Punahele Ho’omalu Lindsey on Labor Day.

Skye Waipa ‘16 is attending the University of

Jen Lyons ‘10 welcomed a son named

Rochester in New York and experienced snow for the first time in November. Here is a photo of Skye (left) enjoying the snow with a friend on Rochester’s academic quad.

Leighton Emory Abilene Durrett on September 14.

January-May 2016


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The latest news from Parker School

DATES TO REMEMBER Jan 13&14 Neighbor Island Debate Tournament Jan 16 Martin Luther King Jr. Day NO SCHOOL/OFFICES CLOSED Jan 21 Admissions Open House Jan 25 K/1 Preview Jan 26 6/9 Preview Feb 17 Middle School Unity Day Feb 20 President’s Day - NO SCHOOL/ OFFICES CLOSED Feb 23 All School Parent/Teacher Conferences - Afterschool Hours Only Feb 24 All School Parent/Teacher Conferences - NO SCHOOL Mar 4 Kahiau Auction Event Mar 10 Quarter 3 Ends - Teacher Workday EARLY DISMISSAL K-12 Mar 13 Spring Break Begins (OFFICES CLOSED Mar 20 School resumes Mar 30&31 Interim Apr 22&23 Spring Musical Apr 28-May1 Spring Musical Apr 28 May Day/Ho’olaule’a K-12 EARLY DISMISSAL May 1-10 AP Testing May 11 Middle & Upper Spring Chorus Concert May 11 Fine Arts Awards Ceremony May 12 Academic Awards & Seniors’ Last Day May 22-24 Middle & Upper School Final Exams May 24 Quarter 4 & Semester 2 Ends May 24 School Ends & 5th Grade Graduation May 25 Senior ‘Ohana Night May 25 8th Grade Graduation May 26 12th Grade Graduation May 29 Memorial Day - OFFICES CLOSED May 29 Summer Enrichment Begins FOR DETAILS CHECK THE PARKER SCHOOL CALENDAR AND ANNOUNCEMENTS AT

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