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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


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...

The first snowfall of winter hits Clark Street on November 2nd, 2023.

Colonel Closing

330 West Webster Announces School Shutdown
Chloe Deutsch, Brief Writer January 11, 2024

At 9:47 pm tonight, Thursday, January 11th Principal Dan Frank ‘74, and Assistant Principal Priyanka Rupani emailed a notification to students, faculty, staff, and parents and guardians, letting them know that school and all extracurricular activities...

Senior Anna Swanson plays at Keating Sports Center.

White Out Games

Girls lose to Mather 48-29, Boys lose to Latin 65-46
Mikhail Satchu, Sports Editor December 15, 2023

The 2023-2024 White Out games have concluded as both teams fell short in their competitions. On Friday, December 8 Parker’s girls and boys varsity basketball teams played at a new location, the  McGrath Philips Arena, at Illinois Institute of Technology....

Seniors Benjamin Kagan and Sam Forst discuss the current state of American Politics with Parker Alumn and Member of Congress, Wiley Nickel 94.

Representative Nickel

US Congressman Wiley Nickel visits America Adrift
Saroya Ornelas Pagnucci, Online Editor December 15, 2023

Wake up. Go to the gym at 6:30 a.m. for a bipartisan crossfit class. Attend meetings, committee hearings, and votes on the floor. Participate in press conferences and receptions. This is an average day in the life of US Congressman Wiley Nickel ‘94,...

Student fans watch the White Out game from the bleachers at Illinois Institute of Technologys Keating Sports Center.

White Out Venue

Major Parker basketball games changes locations out of Lincoln Park
Sejal Ahuja, Online Editor December 15, 2023

The annual White Out game--an event when Parker, Latin, and Mather students watch their respective basketball teams give it their all on the court. Last year, our girls and boys teams faced Mather and Latin at DePaul University’s Sullivan Athletic Center,...

Seniors take 12 Days production to Boston.

12 Days from the 12th Grade

The Senior Class Continues the Tradition of 12 Days
Sascha Keller, Staff Writer December 15, 2023

On the last day before Winter break, the student body, faculty, and families gather in the Auditorium to receive a gift from the senior class. It includes music, videos, stunts, costume pieces, and dozens of birds.  The annual presentation of the...

Window paintings in the administrative hallway.

Decking the Windows

The Freshman Class Participates in Holiday Window Painting Traditions
Sascha Keller, Staff Writer December 15, 2023

On Monday, November 27, hallways usually occupied by students were filled with tables of paintbrushes, paint, and tarps, all in preparation for the annual Holiday Window Painting. The once bare windows were outlined with tape and covered in soap in preparation...

Parkers Model UN delegates celebrate after the PACMUN conference.

Model UN Takes Oahu

Upper Schoolers Attend a Conference in Oahu, Hawaii
Chloe Deutsch, Brief Writer December 15, 2023

Every year, Parker's high school Model UN delegates have the opportunity to attend one of two trips sponsored by the club. This year, the first conference was the Pacific Model United Nations (PACMUN). From November 14 through 20, 16 Parker students and...

Upper Schoolers at the City Museum in St. Louis while attending the Student Diversity Leadership Conference.

To Learn and to Practice

Upper Schoolers Attend Student Diversity Leadership Conference
Chloe Deutsch, Brief Writer December 6, 2023

From November 29 through December 2, students were given the opportunity to participate in the Student Diversity Leadership Conference. This year was the 25th anniversary of the Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC). This year, the symposium...

Hudson Davis and Sarah Matthews present the eighth grade proposal.

Farewell Eighth Grade

New proposal reflects eighth grade’s exit from Student Government
Jayden Patel, Brief Writer November 27, 2023

The eighth grade has left their spot in the Upper School Student Government and joined the newly formed Student Council for third- through eighth-graders. In response, Parliamentarian Hudson Davis and President Sarah Matthews have written and introduced...

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