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A weekly online newsletter from Park Tudor SchoolJanuary 17, 2013
In This Issue
PT celebrates first-ever win in Marion County Tournament
Fools: Two shows this weekend
Visiting Artist shares her artistic process
College Corner: Alumni present college perspectives
Upcoming events
Welcome to student teachers
New PT photos
Quick Links
PT celebrates first-ever win in Marion County Tournament

The Park Tudor Panthers boys basketball team captured its first Marion County  Championship Saturday night, overcoming nationally ranked Pike, 77-76.

It was a matchup of two No. 1 ranked teams in the state - Park Tudor in 2A and Pike in 4A - for the championship game at Pike. Junior Trevon Bluiett (pictured with the championship trophies at right) led with 30 points, and junior Austin Shelton put 23 points on the board.

The Panthers grabbed a nine-point lead in the fourth, and Pike pushed back, coming within three points with 7 seconds left until the final buzzer. But the Panthers held the lead and claimed the championship trophy.

After back-to-back state championships in 2011 and 2012, a county championship for the Panthers is one sweet accomplishment to add to the history books.

Read the Indy Star recap
Fools: Two shows this weekend

The Upper School's third-annual student-led production, Neil Simon's hit comedy "Fools," takes place this Friday and Saturday.

Come join the townspeople of Kulyenchikev, where a curse of stupidity has been cast upon them. Beware, though, because anyone who visits more than 24 hours falls victim to the curse as well!

Show times:
Friday, January 18, 7 p.m. - Opening Night
Saturday, January 19, 7 p.m. - Gala Night
(Gala Night includes the play as well as refreshments with the cast and crew immediately following the show.)

Admission is free. However, any and all donations will be greatly appreciated. (The student-led production is not only produced by students, but is also student-funded.)

Due to limited seating in Park Tudor's Studio Theater, tickets must be reserved. To reserve your tickets, email your request to Brooke DeBettignies at
Visiting Artist shares her artistic process

Visiting Artist Cassie Jones spent several days this week on the Park Tudor campus, presenting a lecture on her work and conducting workshops with students in each school division.

At her Visiting Artist lecture on Monday evening, she talked about the evolution of her art, describing how it evolved from traditional painting on surfaces to her current three-dimensional work, which features abstract shapes crafted from foam, paint, stuffing and board.  She told students that she had probably made "millions" of pieces of art, describing how she had challenged and pushed herself to create a set number of designs each day, which helped her vision to evolve.

Jones, who lives in Brunswick, Maine, received her MFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2008 and her BA from Bowdoin College. Recent solo and group exhibitions of her work have been presented at the Gross McLeaf Gallery in Philadelphia, the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, and the Lawrenceville School.

View Jones' work and photos of her visit to campus
College Corner: Alumni present college perspectives


We welcomed the New Year with an illustrious panel of seven recent Park Tudor  graduates who spoke to our junior class about the college search, application and transition process.  

Visiting to share their perspectives were (photo, left to right) Lillian Crabb '12, Yale University; Chris Eckersley '12, Duke University; Nihanth Damera '12, Washington University in St. Louis; Scott Meyer '12, Miami University (OH); Emily Bohn '12, Butler University; Alex Janin '12, University of Southern California; and Zach Hardin '11, Kenyon College.

The panel shared interesting perspectives on topics ranging from taking rigorous classes to prepare for college to finding experiences on campus to take themselves out of their comfort zones. Their insights were invaluable and an energizing way to kick off the college search process for juniors this semester. Individual college planning conferences with juniors will begin later this month and continue through the rest of this semester.  

Seniors' mid-year reports of seventh-semester grades will be forwarded to all colleges to which seniors have applied within the next week.

Upcoming College Counseling events:
January 18 - Sophomores take the PLAN (pre-ACT) test during periods 1-3
January 24 - Junior College Planning in Advisory
January 26 - SAT
January 30 - College Corner Coffee for 9th and 10th grade parents
February 2 - Freshman College Planning in Advisory
February 9 - ACT
February 23 - 9:00 a.m. - Naviance Training for Junior Parents
February 25 - 6:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. - Naviance Training for Junior Parents  

Upcoming events


Campus closed January 21: The Park Tudor campus will be closed on Monday, January 21 in commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. "Campus Closed" means that all buildings are locked and no staff is on campus except for regular security checks.

Reenrollment contracts: Parents, please make sure to check your e-mail the afternoon of Monday, January 28, when you will receive your reenrollment contract for next year in an email from Head of School Dr. Matthew Miller. The contract should be completed online; complete instructions will be sent with the e-mail. We thank you for making an important investment in your child's education and for the trust you place in Park Tudor School and our exceptional educators.

Parent Book Club: The third Parent Book Club meeting of the year will be Monday, February 4 from 8:15-9:00 a.m. in LS117. The group will discuss "The Five Love Languages of Children" by Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell, M.D.
Welcome to student teachers


Butler University seniors Kyle Lees and Jill Wheelock will begin their physical education student teaching experience at Park Tudor School this semester. Kyle began working with Toby Rogers this week, and Jill will be working with Sylvia Fleck beginning March 11.
Students share holiday greetings with Taiwanese students


Students in Caroline Lee-Thompson's Chinese-language classes put their Chinese skills to practical use over the holidays by creating and exchanging holiday greeting cards with high-school students at National Taitung Girls' Senior High School (TGSH) in Taiwan.


Lee-Thompson worked with her friend Meng-Lan Lin, an English teacher at TGSH, to create the project. Lin's English-language students made Christmas cards for all Park Tudor's Chinese-language students, and our students made Chinese New Year cards for students at TGSH. "It is a cultural learning exchange for both sides," says Lee-Thompson. "My students liked the Christmas cards they received and enjoyed making the Chinese New Year cards."  See more photos of the students and their cards at
Check out  new PT photos!

Check out the Park Tudor photo page to see new photos of the Young Alumni College Panel, more Chinese holiday cards, Visiting Artist Cassie Jones, and more. If you have photos to share, see the instructions on MyPT on how to upload them.

Park Tudor School Mission

Park Tudor School's exceptional educators and extraordinary opportunities prepare students to become confident and resourceful lifelong learners. The school community creates an inspiring college-preparatory learning environment for highly motivated young people in preschool through grade 12.

Editor: Lisa Hendrickson '77
Editorial Staff: Alicia Carlson, Cassie Dull
Graphic Design & Layout: Stefanie Dean '05

The deadline for submissions to the Times is Monday at 9 a.m. for publication on Thursday. Because of the volume of submissions, we cannot guarantee publication in the same week, but date-sensitive information will receive priority.