Author: Suzy Akin

: December 14, 2022 : Suzy Akin : 0


The beginning of each new school year is always exciting, full of promise and possibility, and as we look forward to all that’s ahead, it’s important to reflect on the good work that brought us this far. In sharing this State of the School: 2021-2022 Report on Progress and Philanthropy, we are proud to say that The Park School is thriving—and its strength grows out of the amazing work accomplished…

: December 13, 2022 : Suzy Akin : 0


In December, the English Department issued a challenge to Upper Division students, faculty, and staff: submit a piece of writing with exactly 59 words for the 59th day of school!  Each piece must, in some way, involve the theme of light.  The power of light is foundational to The SPARK Campaign, most concretely in the ways SPARK has brought more light into our academic spaces, but also conceptually. Naturally, we were…

: December 13, 2022 : Suzy Akin : 0


Following 28 child years at Park, Neela Pal and Sek Kathiresan joined Director of Development Shannon O’Leary for a conversation about recognizing Park’s impact, staying connected, and giving back. Shannon: I love to start conversations by asking people what they love most about Park. Sek: What I love most about Park is that it has taught our kids to be confident learners who are comfortable in their own skin. That’s…

: August 1, 2022 : Suzy Akin : 0

What We’re Excited About: Summer Construction Updates

By Kimberly Boyd, Assistant Head of School for Finance and Operations It has been another busy summer at Park! Even as we hosted Summer at Park and Creative Arts at Park camps, we advanced exciting projects that will transform student experience in important ways. Here’s what we’ve been working on…. WEST BUILDING UPDATES Building upon the momentum of last summer, the construction team from J Calnan and Associates came back…

: July 30, 2022 : Suzy Akin : 0

SPARK Co-chair Corner: Summer 2022

Summer is sometimes imagined to be a sleepy time at schools. As a school leader, I can tell you that is not the case. Some of my most productive and impactful work happens in the summer, and I know Park approaches the summer with a similar mindset. Of course there is time for rest and relaxation… and professional development, summer programs, team retreats, curricular review, implementation of new systems, and…

: July 29, 2022 : Suzy Akin : 0

Video: Turf Field & Adventure Equipment

We look forward to all the benefits Park’s new turf field and adventure equipment will bring to our Physical Education and Athletics programs — enriching the Whole Child experience at Park! Watch our video to learn about these program enhancements from Park’s academic leaders and coaches.

: July 27, 2022 : Suzy Akin : 0

Beyond “Gym Class”

(Above: Celebrating the achievement of having completed the PreK marathon!) Ask a Park Lower Division student what their favorite class is, and chances are, the answer will be “Recess.” Or “P.E.” If they say “gym,” someone will quickly remind them that “it’s not gym class…it’s P.E.” The gymnasium is a place. Physical Education is a class, and it’s so foundational to Park’s mission that every student gets to have P.E.…

: April 6, 2022 : Suzy Akin : 0

What We’re Excited About: The SPARK Match for Community & Belonging

At Park, we believe that every child deserves to feel known, seen, and heard, and to learn and thrive in a supportive community. We believe that the best education happens when children value and learn from differences in background and perspective, and when they know they truly belong. Watch our new video below to hear from Head of School Scott Young and other Park leaders about the ways in which…

: April 2, 2022 : Suzy Akin : 0

Be A Spark: Alice Perera Lucey ’77

I have seen students whose lives have been transformed because finally they, their teachers, and their families understand how they learn best and understand what the right, specific support looks like. Educational testing can make an enormous difference, and every student at Park should have access to this should they need it.  In this year when we celebrate Park’s past, present, and future, you would be hard-pressed to find anyone…