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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


Kai Uemura competes at the Mixed Cup in Stuttgart.

Success in Stuttgart

Senior Kai Uemura helps bring home a gold medal for team USA at the Mixed Cup
Sascha Keller May 1, 2024

On Monday, March 11, senior Kai Uemura boarded a plane to Stuttgart, Germany, where he would compete in the 2024 Mixed Cup. The Mixed Cup is a new type of competition where a nation selects three males and three females to compete in each event. The mixed...

Free Throws to Furniture

Free Throws to Furniture

Parker basketball teams take volunteering trip to the Chicago Furniture Bank
Ava Lin May 1, 2024

On Saturday, February 3, the Parker boys and girls basketball teams volunteered at Chicago Furniture Bank, a nonprofit organization that provides “stability and comfort to Chicagoans that face poverty by allowing clients to handpick an entire home's...

Student Government Election Season

Student Government Election Season

What your 2024-25 candidates are running on
Saroya Ornelas Pagnucci, Online Editor April 29, 2024

Bright posters decorating the hallways. Students engaging in debates in the Harris Center. Food-filled tables lining the courtyard during Democrafest. These are all indications that the Upper School Student Government election season is underway.  For...

Secretary-General Cate OConnor opens debate for FWPMUN VIII.


Chicago delegates are welcomed to Parker conference
Jayden Patel and Ben Israel March 15, 2024

On February 10, the eighth Francis W. Parker Model United Nations (FWPMUN) kicked off at 7:30 AM, welcoming over 360 delegates from 20 schools around the Chicagoland area and Wisconsin. Helmed by a secretariat team of seven students, the conference has...

Parkers Model UN delegation learns about Greek mythology and culture at the Acropolis.

Greek Colonels

Upper School Model UN travels to Athens, Greece for a week of learning, touring, and debate
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 with the 17 participating delegates from Parker were Dean of Student Life Joe Bruno, Latin teacher Sean Miranda,...

BSU heads Audrey Hunter, Spencer Dunbar, Hudson Davis and Gabe Vilus speak at the BSU Social.

The BSU Social

Parker’s Black Student Union hosts the first BSU Social in Chicago history
Sejal Ahuja, Online Editor March 15, 2024

This year, Parker’s Black Student Union (BSU) hosted a social event that was a first for the Parker community. Parker’s BSU welcomed the company of eight other schools’ Black Student Unions on Saturday, February 10, to join them for a social night...

Students participate in a kayaking tour of Lake Arenal in Costa Rica.

La Pura Vida

Students visit Panama and Costa Rica for this year’s Science Trip
Saroya Ornelas Pagnucci, Online Editor March 15, 2024

On an island covered in green grass, there is a village where the people have wood houses on stilts with palm leaf roofs. They use motorized canoes to get around. They are covered in black body stains and geometric jagua, similar to henna, and wear silver...

Mean Girls Debut

Mean Girls Debut

Upper School musical begins 4-day run
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 a run time of approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes. The...

Senior and Varsity Girls Basketball Captain Anna Swanson takes a shot.

Back in Blue

Parker and latin boys and girls basketball teams face off at UIC
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 Out and White Out games may feel very similar, there are differences between the two events. “Blue out is...

Social Committee Heads before Winter Formal.

A Night to Remember

A look into the first Winter Formal in Parker history
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, there were heels and loafers, ...

Students, faculty and community members gather in the Parker courtyard to bury the time capsule.

The Past, the Present, and the Future

What happened to Parker’s time capsule that was sealed in 1998?
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 think about when they created a time capsule...

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