Learning at Park Academy

Ms. Mary Mollway joined Park Academy as our Assistant Head of School in April of 2018.  Here are her thoughts on the first three months. Passion. Commitment. Family. These are the words that come to mind when I think about Park Academy. Three months ago, I moved up to Lake Oswego from southern California to take the position as Assistant […]
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Photo credit: Vern Uyetake, Lake Oswego Review Written by Craig Lowery, Head of School This past Monday, Park Academy had the proud honor of ushering 7 new graduates into the world.  These students have demonstrated a great deal of grit and resiliency as they completed the difficult journey that is High School.  The process of writing and delivering words for […]
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Craig Lowery, Head of School, answers the question: “Why a School for Kids with Dyslexia?”. With so many options and resources available to families, it can be overwhelming for parents to determine what kind of support is best for their child. Mr. Lowery explains why Park Academy is a good option for some students.
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“Why do I even need this class?” said one of my middle school students. “I tried this at my old school, and I couldn’t do it then and got zeros every time...You can’t make me do this.” These were the words that one student shared out loud, others nodded in agreement. “What is an agenda, anyway?” said another. “We have to write down homework? But we don’t have any homework!”
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– Park Academy Parent Before dyslexia and ADHD, I had never heard of Executive Functioning skills. Is it how to make reservations for a private jet? Dictate a letter? Never heard of it. Talk about being thrown into the deep end of the pool as a parent. *Executive Functioning: prioritizing, planning and organizing, self-regulation, managing time, self-starting, mental flexibility, multitasking, […]
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(Executive Functioning and Park Academy Students) By Craig Lowery, Head of School Mom: “Hey kiddo, time to get up! Get dressed, grab your backpack, and come downstairs for breakfast. … 10 minutes later… (kid is sitting on the floor, flipping through a magazine)… Mom: “Why do we go through this every day?!… What did I tell you to do?” Kid: […]
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Park Academy Mission: Park Academy empowers students with diverse learning challenges to reach their highest potential of giftedness while excelling academically and becoming responsible citizens and community leaders. This week 90 bright-eyed, slightly nervous students, walked through the Park Academy doors to begin a new school year. They breathe life into the school and provide purpose for the meaningful work we do as […]
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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 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 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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