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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


Candyland Creates A New Challenge

Candyland Creates A New Challenge

New Sophomore Class Preps For County Fair
Graysen Pendry, Copy Editor September 11, 2023

County Fair is a long-standing Parker tradition of sugar highs, cotton candy, roller skates, and fun. However, County Fair does not appear out of nowhere. Weeks of meetings, meticulous planning, and hard work go into every part of the event each year...

The front entrance of Starbucks at Clark and Dickens.

Sit Down or Stand Up?

Local Starbucks Undergoes Construction to Become Pickup-Only
Chloe Deutsch, Culture Critic September 6, 2023

The Starbucks at Clark and Dickens, the closest to Parker, has begun construction to become pickup-only. The store is a frequent destination for Parker students and featured several seating options. The concept of pickup-only Starbucks stores was launched...

The boys soccer team huddles before their game against Cristo Rey.

Mikhail’s Rockin’ Sports Corner

Athletics Occur!
Mikhail Satchu, Sports Editor September 6, 2023

The fall sports season has begun, as preseason is behind us and the Homecoming excitement as well as the athletes' preparation for sectional games and state championships await. On Monday August 7, the Parker soccer, field hockey, tennis, volleyball,...

Bridging the Gap

Bridging the Gap

Upper School Bridge Program Revitalized
Jayden Patel and Roshun Murthy September 6, 2023

The Bridge program hasn’t had many changes over the years, but with a new student leader comes a revitalized program, striving to create a seamless transition into the Upper School for new-to-Parker students.  Senior Hanna Bilgin is the 2023-24...

SSDP Civic Lab Group with Timmy Knudsen after their presentation.

SSDP’S Stunning Victory

Junior Civic Lab Group Successfully Advocates for Narcan to Alderperson
Saroya Ornelas Pagnucci, Online Editor September 6, 2023

One thousand four hundred twenty deaths. That is the number of opioid-related overdose deaths in Chicago in 2021. Nationwide, there have been over 106 thousand overdose deaths, according to data from the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office.  The...

Alderman Timmy Knudsen vists Parker

Knudsen’s Summer

What has Parker’s alderperson been doing since elected?
Mala Levin, Political Liason September 5, 2023

Alderperson for the 43rd Ward Timmy Knudsen has had a lot on his plate since he took office. The 43rd ward consists of Lincoln Park, Old Town, Ranch Triangle, and the Gold Coast. He was appointed to replace retiring alderperson Michelle Smith in September...

Alumni team warmup

Soccer Through the Decades

Varsity Boys Play Practice Games Against Alumni
Teddy McGuire, Enterprise Editor August 20, 2023

On August 5th, Parker’s soccer team began their pre-season. Each day, athletes would attend two practices, both for two hours or more. But, only on Saturdays, does the team practice full game scenarios, or “11’s.” During these days, the varsity...

Nurse Anne Nelson reminds everyone: if its wet and its not yours, dont touch it.

Nelson No More

Nurse Anne retires after 33 years of saving lives and stamping out disease
Beckett Nikitas June 8, 2023

If you walk into the small nurse’s office near the alcove, you will most likely find three things: familiar brown benches lining the entryway, a row of jars filled with band-aids, cotton swabs, and cough drops, and Nurse Anne. For 33 years School Nurse...

ROV Makes A Splash At Regionals

ROV Makes A Splash At Regionals

Parker’s ROV Team Attends MATE ROV Competition
Saroya Ornelas Pagnucci June 8, 2023

On Saturday, May 13, the Parker Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV) Underwater Robotics Team, H2Operations, attended the MATE ROV Competition, along with six other high schools. “We have been working towards this competition since October, and we have...

Junior Audrey Fuder scans out at Clark Street entrance.

Scanning In

Parker Institutes New Security Check-In System
Ava Lin June 8, 2023

Since Tuesday, April 25, Upper School students have been required to scan in and out of the building using a QR code. Junior Grant Koh helped communicate how the new security system works to the student body. “The new security system was made to give...

Latin Travels to Pompeii

Latin Travels to Pompeii

Latin Classes at Parker Take a Trip to the Pompeii Exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry
Riya Jain May 12, 2023

On Monday, April 24, all Latin classes furthered their learning by visiting Pompeii: The Exhibition at the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI). With Latin teacher Sean Miranda, classes have been studying Roman homes and the events in Pompeii throughout...

Students in the Underground Grownish cookie pose for a photo near Wrigley Field.

The Way The Cookies Crumbled

Students and Teachers Reflect on Their Cookies Experience
Saroya Ornelas Pagnucci, Staff Writer May 12, 2023

Cookies are more than just a delicious dessert. It is also the name of a Parker program that was instituted in the spring of 2000. Flora J. Cooke, the namesake for the Cookies courses, was the Principal of Francis W. Parker for its first thirty years....

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