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

Emma Manley

Emma Manley, Editor in Chief

Emma Manley is a senior in her fourth year on The Weekly. She is thrilled to be Editor-In-Chief this year! Previously, Emma had served as News Editor, a Brief Writer, and a staff writer. When not working on The Weekly, Emma enjoys playing guitar, crocheting, or watching "The Newsroom".

All content by Emma Manley
London Calling

London Calling

Kara Schupp to Teach at The American School of London
June 9, 2022
Cutting-Edge Courses

Cutting-Edge Courses

A Look Into The New and Returning English, Art, Science, and PE Classes
April 1, 2022
Adam Gross sits in Community Commission Meeting with other Committee Members

Parker Parent Joins Community Commission

Adam Gross Appointed As Executive Director for New Police Accountability Board
February 11, 2022
We Know It All Too Well

We Know It All Too Well

For Teenage Girls, Misogyny is Nothing New
December 17, 2021
Library Love

Library Love

The Library Is More Than Just An Upper School Study Space
December 17, 2021
The Vaccine Clinic for all children 5-11 takes place in Parkers Big Gym

Vaxxed To The Max

Parker Hosts Vaccine Clinic After Students 5-11 Become Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine
November 29, 2021
Chi in the Sky

Chi in the Sky

What Chicago’s WNBA Team Championship Means For Women's Sports at Parker and Chicago
October 29, 2021
Let’s Really Be A Safe Space

Let’s Really Be A Safe Space

Being An LGBTQ+ Ally and Helping Parker Do Better
October 12, 2021
Hoffman with her husband, Matt, and sons, Henry and James. Photo courtesy of Christine Hoffman.

From CAA to FWP

Christine Hoffman Becomes Parker’s New English Teacher
September 8, 2021

Schedule Summary

Everything You Need to Know About This Year's Schedule
September 8, 2021
Mathews with her family. Photo courtesy of Gigi Mathews.

A New AdditION

Gigi Mathews Joins The Science Department
September 8, 2021

My New-New-Normal

A Response To My Early Pandemic Self
September 8, 2021
The graduating class of 2018 celebrates in the auditorium, similar to what is expected for this year’s class of 2021’s graduation.

COVID Commencement

How Graduation Will Look This Year
June 10, 2021
Students dancing on the field in the pre-recorded 7th Grade Latin Dance Project.

Dancing Through the Pandemic

Latin Dance MX Tradition Continues Despite COVID-19 Pandemic
May 14, 2021
Theresa Collins has accepted a new job as Upper School Principal at St. Paul Academy. Photo courtesy of St. Paul Academy.


Theresa Collins Prepares to Become Upper School Principal
April 2, 2021
Middle School Model UN meeting over Zoom.

What’s Up With Middle School?

Middle School Clubs and Affinity Groups Continue to Meet on Zoom
February 12, 2021
Participants at a Zoom Senate meeting. Photo courtesy of Mia Bronstein.

(Senate) Food For Thought

A Look Into The Senate Food Lottery
January 29, 2021
2018 Window Painting in the Administration Hallway, Photo by Sofia Brown.

Windows Left Unpainted

Freshman Window Painting Postponed Due to COVID-19 Spike
December 18, 2020

Quiz: Which 2020 trend are you?

Take this quiz to find out!
December 16, 2020
SIMUN - “The Office” virtual committee in SIMUN. Photo courtesy of Ivy Jacobs.

Parker Attends SIMUN Online

Saint Ignatius Model UN Goes Virtual
November 24, 2020
“Art” on Zoom

“Art” on Zoom

Fall Play Performed On Zoom
October 30, 2020
Parkers MOCHA (Men of Color Heritage Affinity) group meets via Zoom.

ZOOMing Back Into Clubs

Clubs Begin to Meet Remotely
October 7, 2020


Homecoming Sporting Events Continue Despite Postponed Dance
October 7, 2020

Remembering RBG

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Dies at 87
September 21, 2020
The small student body means Parkers reopening has a chance at being a success? For once, the Parker bubble is actually a GOOD thing. Comic by Maddy Leja.

Head to Head: Parker’s Plan for School – Start Reopening

Yes, we should start reopening
September 7, 2020
NourishNYC sets up a table. Photo by NourishNYC, shared with permission.

Nourishing NYC

Parker Alum Starts Organization to Support NYC Protestors
September 7, 2020

Happy Birthday, CSJ

Middle School’s “The Clark Street Journal” Turns 5
June 3, 2020

The Vietnam War In America

Historian Professor David Farber '74 Speaks To Students About The Vietnam War
June 3, 2020
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot speaks to reporters on Sunday, May 31 after protests took place downtown. Photo courtesy of the Chicago Mayors Office.


Protests, Riots Around America Following Police Brutality in Minneapolis
May 31, 2020
Castaldi Choir plays games and reunites Grape Jam, keeping everyone in touch and united no matter their location.

Choir’s Switch To Remote Learning
May 13, 2020
A screenshot of the article written by Latin Forum Co-Editor-in-Chief Peter Jones.

Latin’s Loan

Latin Applies For Paycheck Protection Program
May 5, 2020

Freedom Ride At The Chicago Opera Theatre

Concert Choir Sings With Joan W. Harris Visiting Music Scholar
April 12, 2020
An image of the email sent out to the Parker community detailing the new grading policy.

Continuing With The Curriculum

New Grading Policy Put in Place for Remote Learning
April 2, 2020

Student Body Votes On More Bowls

Administration to Spend $5 million on New Bowls
March 31, 2020

A Planetary Concern

Parker Alum Melanie Nutter Speaks About Environmental Activism
February 11, 2020

Senate Votes On Impeachment

After Long Impeachment Inquiry, Trump is Acquitted
February 9, 2020

IMPEACHED: A Crash Course

Trump’s Impeachment and How Parker is Talking About It
January 30, 2020
1st-grade students put their handprints on the back of the shelves made for Peace House.

Projects for Peace

Parker Students and Faculty Work With Chicago’s Peace House
December 19, 2019

Designing Change

Parker’s Project Invent Helps Others
November 26, 2019

Parker’s Liberal Agenda

Is Parker Democrats Club Suppressing Conservative Ideas?
October 31, 2019
Millions of citizens strike in the streets to send a message to governments and corporations around the world. Photo courtesy of CNN News.

Global Climate Strike

September 25, 2019

Water and Wires

Parker’s Underwater Robotics Team
June 5, 2019
Baseball and casino statistics expert Zachary Levine presenting at the second March Mathness MX.

March Mathness

April 4, 2019
Many students are excited about the additional five million dollars Parker earmarked for additional waterpark features. Photo by tHe PaRkEr WeEkLy.

From Snow to Splashing

Kovler Family Library Converted Into Waterpark
March 31, 2019
On my honor I will try... The Girl Scout Troop #24523 takes the Girl Scout pledge at one of their after school meetings.

Cookies and Confidence

Girl Scout Troops at Parker
February 14, 2019
One of the High Jump organizers, Karen Thomas, at a Saturday session at Francis W. Parker.

Jumping High into High School

A Look Into The High Jump Program
December 20, 2018

Head to Head: Let’s Wait… Writing at the Beginning is too Soon

Are Students Trusted and Do They Think This is Effective?
November 20, 2018
One of the many costume drive donation bins on the 1st floor by the cafeteria.

Costumes To Cornerstone

Donating to the Annual Halloween Costume Drive At Parker
October 30, 2018
A portrait of Colonel Parker.

Happy 181st!

Remembering Colonel Francis Parker
October 5, 2018


How Chef Zac Maness Utilizes Social Media
September 5, 2018
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