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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


Rocket makers stand proudly at the last in-person Cookies during the 2018-19 school year.

Cookies Return!

Administration announces that beloved tradition is back
Benjamin Kagan, Online Editor March 20, 2023

BREAKING NEWS: After a more than four-year break, a beloved Parker tradition is making a comeback. On Monday, March 20th at 6:49pm Upper School Coordinator and Curriculum Committee Faculty Advisor Rolanda Shepard emailed Upper School students about the...

Baking Club members crowd around their brownies, which they love even more because they made them together.

A New Ingredient In Student Life

Juniors bring back the Parker baking club
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 year, Parker’s Baking Club does good for our school’s community while providing a space for Upper Schoolers...

Arjun Kalra speaks about the vote of no confidence proposal during Student Government.

Confidence In No Confidence

New Student Government Proposal Hold Administrators Accountable
Annoshae Mirza, Copy Editor March 10, 2023

Parker is an “embryonic democracy.” A democracy is a government that gives power to the people. In the latest step towards giving the people (a.k.a. the students) more power, junior and Senate Head Arjun Kalra drafted a new Student Government proposal. On...

Senioritis Strikes Student Government

Senioritis Strikes Student Government

Nearly half of the Senior Class Fails to Attend Student Government
Max Keller March 10, 2023

Student Government is a mandatory course for every student enrolled in the Parker Upper School. Despite this fact, on Friday, February 17, nearly half of the senior class did not attend Student Government. An email was promptly sent to the class of 2023...

Parker Squash Team members practicing their skills.

Courting Up A New Sport

After Hard Work From Student-Athletes, A Squash Club is Created
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 team that could hold a place in that culture for many years to come: The Squash Team. Lin worked with athletic...

Phone Mental Health Club

Phone Mental Health Club

Juniors Introduce a Phone Mental Health Club to the Upper School
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 about. In early February, juniors Alex Fidler and Natalie Drake pitched the idea of a Phone Mental Health...

MX Announcing Announcer

Bulls, Bears, Fire, and Illini Announcer Tim Sinclair speaks at MX
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 the Chicago Bears, Chicago Bulls, Chicago...

Adieu Arnold

Adieu Arnold

Assistant Principal Rupani fills in as Interim
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 up to February Break.  At 5:12 p.m....

Junior Anna Swanson, junior Quinn Kass, and sophomore Spencer Dunbar defend the net.

Colonels Defeated

Parker girls basketball fall to Latin 75-31 in the Blue Out
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 gained an early lead and held it for...

Freshman Finals

Freshman Finals

Parker's Newest Upper Schoolers Prepare for Exams
Darcy Rachel February 3, 2023

Students quietly study as books, calculators, and stress are evident. Finals were right around the corner, and the majority of the freshman class had not experienced them yet. At Parker, finals took place January 17 through January 19. Many freshmen have...

Mens basketball celebrates their win against Latin at DePauls Sullivan Athletic Center.

A Blue Out Blowout!

Colonels Men’s Basketball Defeat Romans 68-46
Eli Greenwald February 3, 2023

On Friday January 27th  in “The Blue Out'' at McGrath-Phillips arena on the DePaul University campus, the Colonels buried the Romans under an avalanche of threes, defeating them 68-46. The Colonels took an early lead and never looked back, dominating...

Students observed an abstract 3d photo of Fredrick Douglass by Aaron Turner.

A Photogenic City

Photography Students Go on a Field Trip to Discover Chicago’s Past
Deven Gupta, Online Editor February 3, 2023

Chicago has one of the deepest histories of any American city that’s been captured through camera lenses. On Thursday, January 5, the photography class went on a field trip to see how that history has been captured through different events. The field...

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