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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

Baking Club members crowd around their brownies, which they love even more because they made them together.
A New Ingredient In Student Life
Sejal Ahuja March 10, 2023

Occasionally, when walking through Parker’s science wing, the enticing aroma of fresh baked goods fills the air. Brought back to life this...

Parker Squash Team members practicing their skills.
Courting Up A New Sport
Deven Gupta March 10, 2023

At Francis W. Parker, sports have always been a part of the culture. This year, Senior Hudson Lin has been working hard to create a new sports...

Phone Mental Health Club
Phone Mental Health Club
Mala Levin and Sydney Bronstein March 10, 2023

Technology is relied on as a means of communication, academics and social connection, but phones have dark side effects that often aren’t talked...

MX Announcing Announcer
Sophia Rosenkranz and Riya Jain March 10, 2023

On Monday, January 9, students entered the auditorium to see Tim Sinclair, someone who is most recognized by his voice, rather than his appearance, sitting on stage. Sinclair is the public address announcer for...

Adieu Arnold
Eden Stranahan, Editor-in-Chief • March 10, 2023

The air Thursday afternoon was buzzing as students packed up textbooks and empty water bottles from their lockers, groggily attended final winter sports practices, and eagerly anticipated the final Friday leading...

Colonels Defeated
Mikhail Satchu, Sports Brief Writer • February 3, 2023

On Friday, January 27, at the girls' Blue Out game at McGrath-Phillips Arena, the Romans led the Colonels for all four quarters, and took home the victory, 75-31. The Romans started off the game strong, as they...

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Student Naps.
The Sleep Patterns Of Students
Uma Morris March 10, 2023

“I have to drink a lot of coffee to get through my classes,” junior Caroline Polsky said, explaining that she drinks two to three cups per day. This isn’t just the case for her, as the sight of a...

Seniors Samara Boyd and Aleo Esparza read Phaedrus during lunch hours.
Daily Doodles
Ava Lin, Staff Writer • March 10, 2023

Phaedrus. Meaning bright. Meaning radiant. A discussion between Socrates and Phaedrus about love and the mastery of art. “Art is often what makes life beautiful,” Luca Lennon, a senior at Parker and...

Valentine’s Day: A Holiday For Everyone
Valentine’s Day: A Holiday For Everyone
Hanna Bilgin, Copy Editor • March 10, 2023

Although I’ll be the first person to express my love for miniature pieces of chocolate with strange fillings, I believe Valentine’s Day should be acknowledged as more than a commercialized tradition....

2023 Mayoral Candidates
2023 Mayoral Candidates
Saroya Ornelas Pagnucci March 10, 2023

On February 28, the voting citizens of Chicago filled the polling stations, waiting to participate in the 2023 Chicago mayoral election. There were nine candidates for this position – Brandon Johnson,...

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The 14 Year Experience
The 14 Year Experience
W Stands For Witch
Ben Rachel
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Solo Debate
Solo Debate
Say No to the NFL
Sadie Gallagher
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Just Jones
Just Jones
Rania Jones
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Parker's Faux Liberalism
Arjun Kalra February 3, 2023

From the outside, Parker seems like a liberal environment. When it comes to national culture war talking points, we come out on the right side....

Getting Involved
Alex Fidler February 3, 2023

As someone who’s walked the halls of Parker for the past thirteen years and come to understand how it’s structured, I want to discuss an...

Deliberative Debates
Jack Hughes and Sadie Gallagher February 3, 2023

Jack - YES:  The question of whether Parker should employ armed security guards comes down to the safety of the children of Parker, not to...

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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...

Addressing Censorship And Press Freedom – Editorial, Issue 7 – Volume CXII
Addressing Censorship And Press Freedom – Editorial, Issue 7 – Volume CXII
The Parker Weekly March 10, 2023

A couple of weeks ago was student press freedom day. “The Parker Weekly” Editorial Board has decided to take this opportunity to take stock...

Solo Debate
Sadie Gallagher March 10, 2023
Just Jones
Rania Jones March 10, 2023
Playlist of “The Weekly” -- Volume CXII, Issue 7
Madeleine Deutsch, Music Editor • March 10, 2023

BREAKING NEWS: Parker Power Outage
Phoebe Josephson, Brief Writer • February 3, 2023

At 7:37 this morning, Parker students, parents, and faculty received an email stating “School will be closed, and classes and activities canceled on Friday, February 3 until further notice.”  Specifically,...

Arizona Frenzy
Harry Lowitz, Editor-in-Chief • February 2, 2023

On Thursday, February 2, the Parker cafeteria received a shipment of Arizona Iced Tea. The cans are being sold for $1.95 and according to Lead Cashier Keisha Henderson, they have caused a "frenzy." The...

Colonels Come Up Just Short in ISL Championship
Eli Greenwald, Sports Editor • February 2, 2023

On Wednesday, February 1, the Colonels lost a heartbreaker at home to the Northridge Knights, 62-61. The Knights took their first lead of the second half on a layup by Ben Hanretty with only 5.7 second...

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Meet the Staff
Nina Ariav
Nina Ariav
Staff Writer

Nina Ariav is a freshman in her first year writing for "The Weekly." Currently, she is a staff writer for the paper. Outside of "The Weekly" she enjoys playing on the field hockey team, and participating in other clubs, including grape jam and doing the spring musical.

Harry Lowitz
Harry Lowitz

Harry Lowitz is a junior who is delighted to be an Editor-in-Chief for his 3rd year on "The Weekly." Outside of the "The Weekly," Harry is a Senate head and a member of the Second City Teen Ensemble. His favorite journalism movie is "All the President's Men" and he hopes to expose a U.S. President during his tenure on "The Weekly."

Saroya Ornelas Pagnucci is a junior entering her first year as a staff writer for “The Weekly.” Saroya also participates in Model U.N and is one of the co-heads of the Organization of Latin American Students (OLAS). She looks forward to writing engaging and informative articles for the Parker community!

Madeleine Deutsch
Madeleine Deutsch
Music Editor

Maddie Deutsch is a senior entering her first year on the staff of “The Weekly.” She currently serves as the Music Editor. She also participates in the tennis team and is one of the captains of Parker’s combined figure skating team. Maddie looks forward to coming up with music playlists for the Parker community to enjoy.

“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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