The student news site of Francis W. Parker School

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


Two Candy Canes And A Song For The Christmas Tree

Two Candy Canes and a Song For the Christmas Tree

12 Days Returns to the Auditorium Stage
Samantha Graines, News Editor December 17, 2021

Smiles, seniors, holiday spirit, and, this year, masks will take the stage at Morning Ex on Friday, December 17 as the seniors uphold the tradition of putting on a 12 Days celebration for the whole Parker community. The 2021 showing of 12 Days is the...

SG Separation Stopped

SG Separation Stopped

Proposal to Ban Holding "Weekly," Cabinet Positions Fails
Benjamin Kagan, Copy Editor December 17, 2021

Senior Tess Wayland is a unique member of the Parker student body. Last year, she applied to be Editor-In-Chief of “The Parker Weekly” in addition to running for the Director of Committee Affairs (DCA) of Student Government (SG). The “Weekly”...

Elise Paschen 77 reads from from her collection “The Nightlife.

Paschen’s Passion

Elise Paschen ‘77 Reads as Parker’s 8th Annual Hansell Poet
Alya Satchu, Opinions Editor December 17, 2021

In the Osage County of Fairfax, Oklahoma, stands a home. Lavender and larkspur bushes scatter the outskirts. Surrounding the home, a “lattice work swing-set” and a fresh garden is enclosed by a “wood-pile fence.” In this rural setting, the mother...

Painted windows shine with winter light.

Deck the Halls With Window Paintings

Freshman Families Gather For an Annual Parker Tradition
Sofia Brown, Managing Editor December 17, 2021

To kick off the month of December each year, the halls of Parker undergo a transformation. The windows are covered by festive colors, designs, and messages wishing the community a happy holiday season. From polar bears decorating a Christmas tree to decked-out...

The Girls Basketball Team pauses for a huddle.

Back to McGrath

Parker Loses By One Point at First White Out Game Since 2019
Mikhail Satchu, Staff Writer December 17, 2021

On Friday December 10, the Parker community gathered at the DePaul University McGrath-Phillips Arena wearing white to support the Boys and Girls Varsity Basketball Teams. Upon entering the stadium, the left side bleachers were filled with enthusiastic...

Alumni Grace Smith and Jen O’Connor present on their Parker experience.

What Comes Next?

Class of 2010 Speaks to Upper School
Sophia Rosenkranz, Online Editor December 17, 2021

Francis W. Parker School seeks to educate students to be citizens of the world. After high school, Parker students are ready to set forth into the world with many opportunities. Grace Smith ‘10 and Jen O'Connor ‘10 are two former Parker students who...

Students pose outside of the Greater Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church after the Social Justice and Envi- ronmental Committee trash pick up in Washington Park.

Paving The Way By Picking Up

Environmental and Social Justice Committees Organize Trash Pick Up
Ben Rachel, Brief Writer December 17, 2021

On November 16, 16 students went to Washington Park for a trash pick-up hosted by the Social Justice Committee and Environmental Committee. “In Chicago, Black and Latinx residents are more likely to live close to industrial pollution and have chronic...

Kelly Cassidy, an Illinois State Representative representing the Democratic Party

A Visit from a State Representative

State Representative Kelly Cassidy meets with the Junior Class
Ben Rachel, Brief Writer December 13, 2021

On December 7, the junior class congregated in the library during graderoom to meet Parker parent and state representative, Kelly Cassidy. With the US History department teaching the grade about civil disobedience and social reform in the US, Cassidy...

Model UN Sends Delegation to St. Ignatius Model UN

Decorated Delegation

Model UN Sends Delegation to St. Ignatius Model UN
Deven Gupta, Brief Writer November 29, 2021

On November 6, students from Parker participated in the Saint Ignatius Model United Nations conference. It is the first conference of the year for the club, and it is one of the first to be back in-person. After having a series of fall symposia, the Parker...

Third Grade Adapts The Tradition To Meet Challenges

Goodbye Thanksgiving MX

Third Grade Adapts The Tradition To Meet Challenges
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...

2021 DRita and Robbie Robinson Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Speaker Dr. Jelani Cobb gives his talk via Zoom.

Frailty of Democracy

Columbia Professor Jelani Cobb Speaks as 2021 Robinson DEI Speaker
Jacob Boxerman, Editor In Chief November 29, 2021

Jelani Cobb, this year’s 4th annual D’Rita and Robbie Robinson Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Speaker, spoke on “race, civics and education” and the fragility of democracy in the United States via Zoom to an audience of nearly 100 attendees on...

A box sits in the front alcove, encouraging donations to the food drive

The Colonel Turkey Drive

Thanksgiving Food Drive Returns After COVID-19
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 are giving back in 2021 like they do every year, with an annual Parker Colonel Turkey Drive. It’s an opportunity...

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