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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 delegation learns about Greek mythology and culture at the Acropolis.
Greek Colonels
Chloe Deutsch, Brief Writer • March 15, 2024

The Upper School Model UN team traveled to Athens, Greece for a week of learning, touring, and debate from February 27 through March 5. Traveling...

Mean Girls Debut
Mean Girls Debut
Phoebe Josephson March 13, 2024

On Wednesday, March 13 at 5:00 pm, Parker will debut Mean Girls The Musical in the auditorium. The musical will also be performed on March 14...

Senior and Varsity Girls Basketball Captain Anna Swanson takes a shot.
Back in Blue
Sascha Keller, Staff Writer • February 9, 2024

On January 26, Parker and Latin students filled the stands of the UIC Credit Union 1 Arena to watch the annual Blue Out games. While the Blue...

A Night to Remember
Jayden Patel and Penny Wood February 9, 2024

The Draft Gym is known as a place to watch friends in basketball games or to take part in one of Parker’s many PE classes. All of that changed on the night of January 18. Instead of there being gym shoes and sweatpants,...

The Past, the Present, and the Future
Saroya Ornelas Pagnucci, Online Editor • February 9, 2024

What do you imagine Parker will look like 25 years from now? And if you had to show the students and faculty of the future what Parker is like now, what would you bring? This is what the Parker community had to...

Colonel Closing
Chloe Deutsch, Brief Writer • January 12, 2024

At 9:47 pm tonight, Thursday, January 11th Principal Dan Frank ‘74, and Assistant Principal Priyanka Rupani emailed a notification to students, faculty, staff, and parents and guardians, letting them know that...

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Junior Sloane Demitriou (left) with Lauren, a page from West Virginia at their Senate Page graduation in the Capitols Mansfield room in January.
A Parker Page
Mala Levin, Political Liaison • March 15, 2024

If you turned on C-SPAN on the evening of November 15, chances are you might have seen Parker junior Sloane Demetriou, in her navy blue suit uniform, working late into the night in the U.S. Senate.  During...

What are the Parker archives?
Christina Merikas, Staff Writer • March 15, 2024

Black and white photos. Short hair. Long dresses. Sideparts. Neutral dresses and suits. Exquisite tables. The craziest part? Hair revealing a boy’s entire forehead, instead of fluffed at the center.                    Colored...

Book Bans and Censorship
Book Bans and Censorship
Uma Morris February 28, 2024

“Almost any book worth teaching has been banned somewhere,” Upper School English teacher Matt Laufer said. As a former teacher of the English elective Literature and Censorship, Laufer has had lots...

Two freshmens response when asked to give their opinions on Student Government.
A Disengaged Ninth Grade
Graysen Pendry, Copy Editor • February 9, 2024

“I really appreciate how thoughtful the counselors are about the health curriculum,” Upper School Head Cory Zeller said. “They take student feedback and use it to make changes to better serve students....

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Should advanced English be offered at Parker?
Should advanced English be offered at Parker?
Zoe Polsky, Staff Writer • March 15, 2024

Although the difference between an A, A- and B+ are inconsequential for some, for many, these simple letters are everything. Stress may be a...

The results of part of the recent poll sent to the student body.
To Read or Not To Read
Christina Merikas and Ellery Singer February 9, 2024

After Student Government, Upper School students walk out of the auditorium and, on occasion, they go straight to a member of the Parker Weekly’s...

The Need to Remember
The Need to Remember
Sejal Ahuja February 9, 2024

On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, the United States commemorates those who fought for us in World War I, celebrating...

Incident Report Ideations
Lula Notz February 9, 2024

The 2023-2024 school year at Parker has been a year of new policies, systems, and ideas for change. The cell phone policy was introduced, the schedule may be changing, and the Upper School Incident Report system...

Student Council Commences
Christina Merikas, Staff Writer • December 15, 2023

On Friday, December 1, the Upper School Student Government voted to remove  eighth grade participation from its Constitution, simultaneously releasing them to their new self-governing body: the Middle School Student...

Wonders of The Wolves
B Hirsch December 15, 2023

The stage of the auditorium became a soccer pitch for the fall play “The Wolves” by Sarah DeLappe. Action is centered around a girls soccer team, and  nine girls and their conversations over stretching, but...

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Just Keep Swimming
Just Keep Swimming
The reality of Junior Year
Annabel McIntosh, Opinions Editor
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Interweb Intel
Interweb Intel
Should teachers care about the incredible weight of my backpack?
Jack Adee
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Email-geddon at Parker
Email-geddon at Parker
Students’ inboxes are flooded with emails
Helen Aklilu, Staff Writer
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Meaning of Mean Girls
Beatrix Hirsch, Staff Writer • March 15, 2024

Lights, Camera, Action. It’s March 13, the cast of Mean Girls is about to take the stage to perform the show they have worked tirelessly toward....

In Critique and Defense of DEI
Arjun Kalra February 9, 2024

DEI has been nationally under fire recently, for both good and bad reasons. Many have recognized the overreach of some DEI programs. With overreliance...

Cate’s Call
Cate O'Connor February 9, 2024

Yes, you heard it right: it’s second semester. To say the least, I am grateful to have the dreaded months of October, November, and December...

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Decentralizing US Student Leadership
Decentralizing US Student Leadership
The Parker Weekly February 9, 2024

Starting freshman year, students are inundated with information surrounding leadership opportunities at Parker. Many students spring at the opportunity...

Raise the Bar
October 6, 2023
“The Parker Weekly” Leadership

The 2023-24 school year will be ‘The Parker Weekly’s” 113th year of continuous publication.

 

Editors-in-Chief Harry Lowitz ’24, Benjamin Kagan ’24, and Hanna Bilgin ’24 currently lead “The Parker Weekly.” Kate Tabor and Eric Rampson serve as “The Weekly’s” faculty advisors.

 

Please contact [email protected] with any questions.

“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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Mean Girls Debut
Phoebe Josephson March 13, 2024

On Wednesday, March 13 at 5:00 pm, Parker will debut Mean Girls The Musical in the auditorium. The musical will also be performed on March 14 at 7:00 pm, March 15 at 7:00 pm, and March 16 at 1:00 pm for...

Colonel Closing
Chloe Deutsch, Brief Writer • January 12, 2024

At 9:47 pm tonight, Thursday, January 11th Principal Dan Frank ‘74, and Assistant Principal Priyanka Rupani emailed a notification to students, faculty, staff, and parents and guardians, letting them...

To Learn and to Practice
Chloe Deutsch, Brief Writer • December 6, 2023

From November 29 through December 2, students were given the opportunity to participate in the Student Diversity Leadership Conference. This year was the 25th anniversary of the Student Diversity Leadership...

Meet the Staff

Saroya Ornelas Pagnucci is a senior and one of the Online Editors for “The Weekly.” When she is not managing the Weekly's website or writing informative articles for the Parker community, she is likely practicing cello, reading, playing volleyball, or at dance practice. Outside of "The Weekly," she is one of the heads of the Organization of Latin American Students (OLAS), the Director of Cross-Grade...

Lula Notz
Lula Notz
Copy Editor

Lula Notz is so excited to start her second year on "The Weekly" as a copy editor. When she isn't trying to come up with an interesting lede or looking up synonyms for words to make them sound smarter, she can be found on the tennis court, sipping an iced beverage, or sending her friends cute photos of her cats.

Harry Lowitz
Harry Lowitz
Editor-in-Chief

Harry Lowitz is a senior who is animated to be in his second year as Editor-in-Chief, and fourth year on "The Weekly." Outside of the "The Weekly," he is the DCA in Student Government and a member of the Second City Teen Ensemble. Harry’s favorite journalism movie is “All The President’s Men.” Inspired by the film, he hopes to break into the college counseling office to hide listening devices....

Penny Wood
Penny Wood
Staff Writer

Penny Wood is a sophomore who's excited for her first year of writing for "The Weekly" as a staff writer. Outside of "The Weekly" she enjoys playing volleyball, swimming and spending time with her friends.

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