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By Craig Lowery, Head of School In the midst of “application season” this is an important question, and while it seems like it might be obvious, I find myself thinking and talking about this question regularly. A week doesn’t go by that I don’t receive an email or phone call with someone who says “My student doesn’t have dyslexia so would […]
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By Maddy Roach, Park Academy Teacher In middle school Language Arts class we continuously learn new vocabulary, especially when reading novels in class. Our most recent novel, Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli, contains many new vocabulary words. For each new vocabulary word, students create a flash card with the word on the front and the definition on the back. Often […]
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By Chris Devers, Upper School Teacher at Park Academy In my time as a teacher I have been on a constant search for good assistive technology.  I remember going to IDA conferences and sitting through presentation after presentation looking for just the right technology to bring back to our school.  I was excited the first time we got Franklin Spellers, […]
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By Elizabeth Dove, Development Director The season of giving is upon us! As someone who has built a career within philanthropy, I must admit, I didn’t fully understand its meaning, or rather, had a misconception of what it meant to be philanthropic. It wasn’t until I literally stumbled into my line of work, that I started to see that my […]
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Written by Jenna Kisor Development & Events Coordinator, Park Academy Sponsored By: The Blosser Center Decoding Dyslexia, Oregon Marylhurst University Oregon Branch of the International Dyslexia Association Park Academy On Friday, October 14, 2016, over 120 educators from around the state of Oregon and SW Washington attended the What Oregon Teachers Need to Know About Dyslexia “Conference”. Some traveled from […]
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By Craig Lowery, Head of School Greetings Park Academy Community. I wanted to take a moment to share about our 1,000 acts of kindness campaign that launched this week at the school. Here is the text of the email sent to our staff and the messaging we are sending to our students: Today I am issuing a challenge to the […]
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A case for getting our students to access their “right” brain on a regular basis. By Gena Fields, Art Teacher at Park Academy October 2016 When I accepted the Art Teacher position at Park Academy, I knew I was in new territory. I have had over 10 years of teaching experience with all different types of students in grades K-12. […]
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Mrs. Nemer’s class conducted a Love/Hate #2 experiment. This is a non-quantifiable science project based upon a Japanese researcher, Dr. Masuru Emoto, who looked at how ice crystals formed when exposed to positive words vs. negative words. This video highlights how his experiment turned out. We wanted to test this theory. With our experiment, we used freshly cooked rice instead […]
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I’ve always believed that no student is “bad” at science.  This feeling only comes with time, after a child has been led to believe that science is a scary subject with too large of words and little connection to their daily lives.  The truth is quite the opposite though.  Science permeates our entire world, and our entire lives.  Science is […]
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Mr. Lowery  joined the Park Academy team in 2015 as the Associate Director. Previously the principal at Bridges Middle School, he has hit the ground running at Park Academy. His first challenge: Park Academy started the year with 74 students, the most ever in the school’s history. This meant finding more awesome teachers, coordinating class schedules, adjusting classroom spaces, and leading the staff […]
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