The student news site of Francis W. Parker School

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

Avani Kalra

Avani Kalra, Editor-in-Chief

Avani Kalra is a senior and is ecstatic to be serving as an Editor-in-Chief of “The Weekly” this year. Previously, Avani has served as Editor-in-Chief in her junior year, a Copy Editor in her sophomore year, and a Staff Writer her freshman year. When not working on “The Weekly,” (which is rare) Avani can be found catching up on sleep... so don't call her with an AP style question.

All content by Avani Kalra

Fix This.

Next Year’s Editors and the Administration Need to Work Toward a Free “Weekly”
June 4, 2020
School pictures of Mark Aymar (left) and Anne Marie Fries (right).

Out on Zoom

Fries and Aymar Retire After Decades at Parker
June 3, 2020
Parker’s cafeteria employees are among the staff receiving pay cuts during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Parker Pays

Parker Employees All Remain Paid and Working
May 13, 2020
Visiting poet Natasha Trethewey speaks to the Parker community at Morning Ex.

The Delight In Language

Two-Term U.S. Poet Laureate, Pulitzer Prize Winner, Northwestern Professor and 2017 Heinz Award Recipient Natasha Trethewey Speaks as Jeanne Harris Hansell Endowed Poet
April 12, 2020

Parker Crosses Belden

School Signs Letter of Intent to Buy Entire 317-325 W. Belden Ave. Building
February 13, 2020

The Handbook, Again

Literature and Censorship Class Revises Student Speech Sections
January 31, 2020
Stevenson clicks through slides.

Working Toward Racial Literacy

UPenn Professor Howard Stevenson Speaks as Robinson DEI Lecturer
December 20, 2019
Last years’ Seniors distribute hot dogs at the 2018 County Fair.

Senior Scaries

Class of 2020 Begins New Haunted House Tradition
October 13, 2019

The All-School Document

Changes Made to Discipline, Code of Conduct, and More
September 5, 2019

A Painted Piano

Pianos in City Squares Around the World
September 5, 2019

Next Steps

Brandon Begins Discipline Policy Review Committee
June 5, 2019

(Don’t) Juul at Schuul

The Usage of E-Cigarettes at Parker
February 14, 2019
New York Times Columnist Charles Blow speaks at Parker.

The Light Must Be Bent

Charles Blow Speaks as D’Rita and Robbie Robinson Diversity Equity and Inclusion Speaker
December 22, 2018
CEO of anti-poverty nonprofit “Robin Hood” Wes Moore reminisces on his life with childhood friend and Upper School head Justin Brandon during MX.

Two Trains and a Bus

Author, Social Entrepreneur, TV Producer, and Decorated Veteran Wes Moore Speaks at Parker
November 20, 2018

The Power of Words

Poet Naomi Shihab Nye Visits Parker
October 30, 2018

Parker Alumna to Win Historic Victory

Ayanna Pressley ‘92 To Become First Woman of Color To Represent Massachusetts in Congress
October 30, 2018

A Bloody MX

Dr. Kyle Mack Speaks at Parker about Sickle Cell Disease
October 6, 2018

Who Gets to Live in America

Inside the Immigration Courtroom
September 5, 2018
Senior Carlos Lopez holds his Certificate of Accomplishment by the Princeton Prize in Race Relations.

Princeton Prize in Race Relations

Carlos Lopez Martinez Wins Certificate of Accomplishment
September 5, 2018

Being Muslim at Parker

The Effect of Religion in the Classroom
June 6, 2018

Activism: the Latest Trend

What are Parker Students Passionate About?
May 26, 2018
Freshman Nathalie San Fratello holds Black Lives Matter sign while protesting at the Chicago Student Walkout on April 20.

Students to the Streets

Parker Students Participate in City-Wide Walkout for Gun Control
May 26, 2018
Sophomore Rohan Jain stands with his sign behind students gathered for the rally. “I’m marching to provide solidarity to the shooting that happened in Parkland, and trying to prevent gun violence in the future by taking action.”

Humans of the March

Parker Students Speak Out
March 19, 2018
Students gather near Lincoln Parks South Pond for a historic school rally.

Parker and Politics

Has Parker Taken Similar Action Before?
March 19, 2018
Junior Adam Keim, founder of The Parker Bubble

Bursting the Parker Bubble

Junior Adam Keim’s New Publication
January 31, 2018

Rates Decrease, but are Still High

Drug and Alcohol Usage in the Upper School
December 20, 2017
Rami Nashashibi presents during Morning Ex about his work as an advocate for social reform in chicago.

Calling Out and Calling Up

Rami Nashashibi Speaks at Parker
December 20, 2017

New Leadership Across the Street

Anedra Kerr Joins Parker as the New Chief Advancement Officer
November 21, 2017

Mind the Gap

Parker Students Who Take Unconventional Routes Post-Graduation
October 29, 2017

Grim Resistance vs. Joyful Persistence

Author, Entrepreneur, and Educator Eric Liu Speaks as 20th Annual Rosenberg Lecturer
October 5, 2017

Studying Independent Studies

Independent Studies Being Completed the Upcoming School Year
September 4, 2017

Inclusion and the Constitution

Controversy Hits Student Government
June 10, 2017

New Year, New President

Student Government Election Results 2017
June 10, 2017

Behind the Doors of Parker PM

Exploring the School's After-School Program
May 17, 2017

The Future Is Female

Parker's New Underwater Robotics Team
April 26, 2017
Bielizna Blows Budget

Bielizna Blows Budget

The Cost of CaNdY tHrOuGh ThE dEcAdEs
April 2, 2017

Is This The Solution (aq)?

Parker's Reaction to the Updated Science Curriculum
March 16, 2017

[Video] The Lunch Dilemma

The Problem With Clubs Meeting During U-Lunch
December 21, 2016
Problems of a Parker Herbivore

Problems of a Parker Herbivore

The Lack of Vegetarian Food in the Cafeteria
December 6, 2016
Stitching for a Change

Stitching for a Change

Lesak Hosts a Stitch-In for Change
November 1, 2016

Safety in Lincoln Park

Parker Community Vulnerable to the Dangers of Living in a Big City
October 9, 2016
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