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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


All of the Players That Played In The Basketball Game

Swishing Up The Competition

Parker Students Challenge Parker Faculty To Basketball Game
Gabrielle Silverman December 6, 2022

Exhilaration for this Friday’s White Out game is through the roof. For day two of White Out spirit week, Upper School students showed up to school decked out in neon colors. From 12:30pm to 1:00pm, during lunch, members of the girls and boys varsity...

Dr. Mika Tosca presents to a class about climate science.

Imagining a Better World

Could art be what eventually solves climate change?
Teddy McGuire December 2, 2022

At the top of a website, in bright yellow lettering are the words: “We can build a better world, we just need to imagine it first.” The site belongs to climate scientist, activist and humanist Dr. Mika Tosca, as she describes herself later on the...

Saroya Ornelas Pagnucci poses for a photo outside of the polling place where she served as an election judge.

Election Judging

An unprecedented amount of Parker students were election judges
Riya Jain December 2, 2022

On November 8th, millions across the country went to the voting booth to cast their ballot in this year’s midterm elections that determine which party takes control of Congress in addition to many other significant races around the country. At the polls...

Parkers Model UN team gathers after a triumphant day of symposia.

A Successful SIMUN

Parker Model UN Delegation Attends St. Ignatius Model UN Conference
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. Hundreds of students filled the bleachers in the St. Ignatius gym, conversing and preparing. From 8:30 A.M. to...

Synapses Fire at Mind and Brain Class

Synapses Fire at Mind and Brain Class

A visiting surgeon works towards a more inclusive future for the field of neuroscience
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 and behavior. They study topics from each of the domains of psychology: psychological perspectives, biopsychology,...

The Boys Basketball varsity captains Payton Pitts, Owen Stepan and Caleb David pose for a photo.

Basketball is back!

Parker Student-Athletes gear up for the season ahead
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 boys varsity team as captains. The boy's team will...

Valerie Jarrett speaks to the Parker community in the Heller Auditorium.

A Visit From Valerie

Accomplished civics leader visits Parker
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 all 11th grade students. The remaining...

A Fang-Tastic Parade

A Fang-Tastic Parade

Parker Hosts Traditional Halloween Parade For The Lower School
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 had the opportunity to be a part of...

Paws For Parker

Paws For Parker

Parker's Only Canine Focused Club Expands
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 year as a freshman. The club has since...

Sophia King Speaks To Parker Students in the Heller Auditorium

A Political Mentor

Fourth Ward Alderman Sophia King Comes To Speak At Parker
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 mayoral election. A panel of five Parker Students...

Goodbye Morning Flex

Goodbye Morning Flex

Morning Flex period is replaced with Graderoom
Chloe Deutsch October 7, 2022

For many consecutive years, the Parker auditorium has housed three weekly Morning Exs (MX), but that has recently changed. After COVID-19, the Monday, Wednesday, and Friday MXs were reduced to events only on Monday and Friday. Last year, the Wednesday...

Seniors Payton Pitts and Evan Sato pose while setting up the gym.

A Roaring Good Time

A Look into Homecoming 2022
Hanna Bilgin October 7, 2022

September. It’s time for spirit day outfits. It’s the sound of bagpipes and student section cheers filling the school. It’s the celebratory Morning Ex parade. And, for Parker’s high school students, it's fall’s greatest kickoff: homecoming.  Social...

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