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The Parker Weekly

The student news site of Francis W. Parker School

The Parker Weekly

The student news site of Francis W. Parker School

The Parker Weekly

Parkers Model UN team gathers after a triumphant day of symposia.
A Successful SIMUN
Saroya Ornelas Pagnucci December 2, 2022

On the blustery morning of November 5, 25 delegates from Francis Parker strode through the grand doors of Saint Ignatius College Prep School....

Synapses Fire at Mind and Brain Class
Synapses Fire at Mind and Brain Class
Sejal Ahuja December 2, 2022

Upper school science teacher Bridget Lesinski facilitates an elective in which participating students study psychology and focus on brain processes...

The Boys Basketball varsity captains Payton Pitts, Owen Stepan and Caleb David pose for a photo.
Basketball is back!
Mikhail Satchu, Sports Brief Writer • November 15, 2022

The basketball season is back underway. On Monday, November 7th the preseason had officially started for both the boy’s and girl's basketball...

A Visit From Valerie
Harry Lowitz, Eden Stranahan, and Alya Satchu November 4, 2022

On the morning of October 3, the Parker community entered the Auditorium to see four people seated in chairs on the stage. Three chairs held Parker students who are participants in the annual Civic Lab program for...

A Fang-Tastic Parade
Deven Gupta, Online Editor • November 4, 2022

On Monday, October 31st, Parker continued the Halloween tradition of the Halloween parade. The parade was right after school, starting at 3:30 p.m. and it ran until 4:30 p.m.. Any students in JK through fifth grade...

Paws For Parker
Mikhail Satchu November 4, 2022

On Wednesday, October 18, Paws for Parker had their first meeting of the year led by Sophomore Devon Chatales, now serving her second year as the Paws to Parker's head. Chatalas reinvigorated the club last...

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Justin de la Cruz plays the piano in the choir room.
Parker Welcomes De La Cruz
Uma Morris December 2, 2022

“Waves are coming in. Waves are coming in. Waves are coming in. Waves are coming in.” This chant is repeated over and over in Parker’s choir room until a hand gesture moves the group to the next...

Boys Volleyball?
Boys Volleyball?
Ava Lin December 2, 2022

On October 31, freshman Donovan Clarke sent out a men's volleyball team interest form. “Everyone has already wanted one but never tried to start one, so I took the initiative to get the people what they...

FTC 3507 Robotheosis Members give thumbs up with their robot prototype from last year that was hastily modified for distance sensor testing.
FTC Robotics
Annoshae Mirza, Copy Editor • November 4, 2022

Every year in September, students deliver elevator pitches from behind drab tables in the courtyard, hoping that other students will see something exciting in their club and sign up. On top of...

Henry Weil and Max Keller analyze data in Investment Club.
Investing In Investment Club?
Sophia Rosenkranz November 4, 2022

Investment Club sends an email each Friday to high school students remind- ing them that they have a meeting during lunch. During these meetings, however, do they learn about investing? Do they...

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My favorite! A two day week...
A Grateful Ask
Why Thanksgiving Break Should Be a Week Long
Deven Gupta
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Members of the Jewish Student Connection celebrate the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah.
Yeezys, Yamakas, and Yom Kippur: A surge of Anti-semitism
Samantha Graines, Features Editor
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Parkers Failure In The DEIB Program
Parker's Failure In The DEIB Program
What's Going Wrong And How To Fix It
Ben Rachel
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Embryonic Eats
Lucy Wrubel December 2, 2022

When my mom told me that Thanksgiving this year would be held in New Jersey for my family, I was surprised in a negative way. Don’t get me...

Bring Back The Thanksgiving MX
Benjamin Kagan December 2, 2022

Every year on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, the entire Parker community would gather in the auditorium to hear third grade students present...

Hossa To The Rafters
Eli Greenwald December 2, 2022

On Sunday November 20, 2022, the Chicago Blackhawks put hall-of-famer Marian Hossa’s number, 81, up into the rafters of the United Center and...

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COVID-19 & The New Normal
Third Grade Adapts The Tradition To Meet Challenges
Goodbye Thanksgiving MX
Ben Rachel, Brief Writer • November 29, 2021

From County Fair to 12 Days to Class Day, Parker is a school filled with history, stories, and traditions. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting restrictions, some of these have been either cancelled or postponed, including the third grade-run Thanksgiving MX. “The third graders aren't doing the Thanksgiving MX this year,” third grade teacher Amy Przygoda said. After having the MX cancelled twice due to the pandemic, the third graders are moving on from the long-standing tradition of Parker. Most high school students at Parker...

A box sits in the front alcove, encouraging donations to the food drive
The Colonel Turkey Drive
Annabel McIntosh , Staff Writer • November 29, 2021

Families are getting into the spirit of the month by returning the favor to our community as the holidays approach. Our Parker community members...

Large plastic caps and locks block access to water fountain spigots.Photo by Emma Manley.
Fountains of Youths
Tess Wayland, Editor in Chief • November 29, 2021

Hydration at Parker ranges from sports-tipped Crystal Lake bottles, Nalgenes, S’wells, Camelbacks, and cloudy blue cafeteria cups, not including...

The Vaccine Clinic for all children 5-11 takes place in Parkers Big Gym
Vaxxed To The Max
Emma Manley, Editor in Chief • November 29, 2021

On Thursday, November 11, the Main Gym was filled not with athletics equipment and sports teams but with chairs, doctors, and kids. November...

Takeaways on Censorship – Editorial, Issue 4 – Volume CXII
Takeaways on Censorship – Editorial, Issue 4 – Volume CXII
The Parker Weekly December 2, 2022

From November 10 - 12, members of “the Weekly” Editorial Board attended the National Scholastic Press Association Journalism Conference in...

Embryonic Eats
Lucy Wrubel December 2, 2022
Just Jones
Rania Jones November 4, 2022
The 14 Year Experience
Ben Rachel November 4, 2022
Playlist of "The Weekly": sua
Jonah Siskel, Chief Music Editor • May 10, 2022

Basketball is back!
Mikhail Satchu, Sports Brief Writer • November 15, 2022

The basketball season is back underway. On Monday, November 7th the preseason had officially started for both the boy’s and girl's basketball teams. Payton Pitts, Owen Stepan, and Caleb David lead the...

A Political Mentor
Noah Pendo October 29, 2022

On Friday, October 28, 4th Ward Alderman Sophia King came to speak to the Upper School at Student Government Plenary. Sophia King has been an Alderman since 2016 and is now running in the 2023 Chicago...

Fore The First Time In Forever
Deven Gupta October 5, 2022

On Monday, October 3, three of Parker's sectionals-qualifying golfers competed at Turtle Run Golf Club in Danville, Illinois, for the opportunity to qualify for state. Senior Henry Weil, Senior Reid Albert,...

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Meet the Staff
Mikhail Satchu
Mikhail Satchu
Sports Brief Writer

Mikhail is serving his second year on the weekly as sports brief writer. He loves the premier league and writing about sports.

Sophia Rosenkranz is a senior who is excited to enter her third year on the staff of The Parker Weekly as News Editor. She has previously served as a Brief Writer and Online Editor. Apart from The Weekly, Sophia is one of the captains for Model UN, enjoys playing tennis and soccer, and loves sour candy.

Gabrielle Silverman is a sophomore, and will be working as a brief writer for her first year on “The Weekly.” Gabrielle also participates in Model U.N., yearbook, two Parker sports, and is the editor of “The Student Voice” for Student Government. She’s excited and ready to publish informative and intriguing briefs for the 2022-2023 school year.

Hanna Bilgin
Hanna Bilgin
Copy Editor

Hanna Bilgin is so excited to spend her first year on "The Weekly" as a Copy Editor. When she's not triple-checking sentence structure or explaining the difference between the active and passive voice, she is playing volleyball, asking Alice what's for lunch, or getting coffee at Starbucks.

“The Parker Weekly” Online Policy

Articles and editorials published on this website do not reflect the views of the Francis W. Parker School. Our opinions do not represent those of the school. All articles undergo a thorough publication process and are edited and reviewed by the editors-in-chief of The Parker Weekly and our faculty advisors.


Please contact [email protected] with any questions.


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“The Parker Weekly” Leadership

The 2022-23 school year will be ‘The Parker Weekly’s” 112th year of continuous publication.


Editors-in-Chief Harry Lowitz ’24, Alya Satchu ’23, and Eden Stranahan ’23 currently lead “The Parker Weekly.” Kate Tabor and Eric Rampson serve as “The Weekly’s” faculty advisors.


Please contact [email protected] with any questions.

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