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

Ian Shayne

Ian Shayne, Editor-in-Chief

Ian Shayne is a senior and stoked to serve as Editor-in-Chief this year. As a junior, he served as Online Co-Editor; as a sophomore, Domestic Political Brief Writer; and as a freshman, Staff Writer. In addition to working on “The Weekly,” Ian plays soccer, leads Economics Club, and serves as a head of SADD.

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Associate Principal Ruth Jurgensen, pictured during her tenure as interim Upper School Head in 2016, is leaving Parker at the end of the school year.

Parker Becomes Ruth-less

Associate Principal Ruth Jurgensen to Leave Parker
June 4, 2020
A group of New York train conductors converse while wearing gauze masks during the 1918 flu pandemic. Photo courtesy of the National Archives.

We Didn’t Start The Fire

History Teachers Provide Historical Context for COVID-19
June 3, 2020
Daniel Mansueto

Daniel Mansueto

May 13, 2020
Owen Dudney

Owen Dudney

May 13, 2020
Will Ehrlich

Will Ehrlich

May 13, 2020
The Francis Parker School in San Diego overlooks vast greenery.

A Tale of Two Parkers

Ideas Travel Back East from Parker San Diego
April 12, 2020

Uber Workers’ Strike Leaves Parker Kids Stranded

School to Build Dorms for Marooned Kids
March 31, 2020

Too Much (Dis)information

Parker Should Evolve with our American Democracy
February 13, 2020
Lynn Lyons speaks to the Parker community.

Anxiety: Coexisting with the Cult Leader

Psychotherapist and Anxiety-Specialist Lynn Lyons Visits Parker
January 30, 2020

(Never) Going Solo

Parker’s Influence on NYU Sociologist Eric Klinenberg ‘89
October 13, 2019

Great Platforms, Great Responsibility

On Gender, Gun Control, and Social Media
September 5, 2019

Why I Quit the Cubs This Summer

And Why You Should Too
September 5, 2019
The Upper School’s new history teacher, Dr. Pope, preparing for the school year ahead. Photo by Anna Fuder.

A New Pope

Elliot Pope to Join History Department
September 5, 2019

Constitutional Crisis

Parker Reacts to 30-Year Anniversary of Tiananmen Square Protests
June 5, 2019
Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee. Photo by Wilson Cedillo

Civil Rights Trip

Students and Teacher Use Trip to Reflect on Current Political Affairs
May 20, 2019

Civil in the South

Cookies Trip Reflects on Current Political Affairs
May 9, 2019

First Annual Career Day

Juniors and Seniors Meet Alumni From Various Professional Fields
April 4, 2019
Former Parker teacher Siobhan Allen (center) working with a group of students at Beacon high school.

Beacon of Light

Siobhan Allen’s Legacy at Parker and Beacon Academy Life
April 4, 2019
The more substantial a family’s donation to the school, the larger the trash can honored with their name.

Parker Names Trash Cans After Benefactors

Families Scramble to Get Their Names on Oddly Specific Objects
March 30, 2019
A student delegate raises his placard to speak during a committee session for Knesset (Israeli Parliament) during Francis W. Parker’s Model UN Conference.

Parker Hosts Third FWPMUN Conference

Chicagoland Students Model Global Cooperation
February 14, 2019
Dr. Jonathan Holloway lectures students in the Harris Center as part of their American History Curriculum. Photo courtesy of Nick Saracino.

Dr. Holloway Speaks to Juniors About Reconstruction

NU Provost Adds Emotional Element to Curriculum Through Primary Sources
February 1, 2019

December Newsletter 2018

December 21, 2018
Members of the Parker-Latin-Ignatius Figure Skating Team wait during a competition.

Blades of Glory

Rival High Schools Bond Through Figure Skating
December 20, 2018

Pulitzer Winner and Social Critic Speak at Parker

DKG and Paglia Each Present at Humanities Festival
November 20, 2018
Freshman Othel Owen discusses the Illinois gubernatorial election

Parker Reacts to 2018 Midterms

Students and Faculty Share Their Thoughts About the Historic Election Cycle
November 9, 2018

Parker Alumna Shines on National Television

Rocah ‘88 Becomes MSNBC Legal Analyst
October 30, 2018

Tangled Up in Zoo

Parker Reflects on Zoo’s 150-Year Anniversary
October 4, 2018
New Intermediate/Middle School Dean Tray White reads over important papers to get ready for the school year.

A Tray of Two Cities

Southerner and New Colonel Tray White Acclimates to Midwest
September 5, 2018

Siobhan Allen To Leave Parker

IS/MS Dean of Student Life to Work at Beacon
June 6, 2018

Edu(Kate)ing the Public

Open Minded Parker Parent Covers Education
May 26, 2018

Paul Ryan Announces He Won’t Run Again

Speaker of the House Calls It Quits
April 17, 2018

Head to Head: Why You Should Elect Rauner

A look inside the Illinois Governor's Race
April 8, 2018

Tillerson Fired

Mike Pompeo Becomes New Secretary of State
April 5, 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
8th grade students speak at the opening Morning Exercise.

Morning Ex(ercising) Their Voices

Day Officially Begins at Morning Ex
March 19, 2018

President Trump’s State of the Union Address

Politics with the Parker Weekly
February 27, 2018

13 Russians Indicted for 2016 Election Interference

DOJ Catches Effort to Help Trump Campaign
February 27, 2018
Sophomore Abri Berg listens to the soundtrack of “The Heathers” in preparation for her upcoming performance.

Play-ing Around

February 16, 2018

(Pub)lic Housing

“Weekly” Space Becomes New Student Home During Lunch
January 31, 2018

The Faults in our Stars

Parker Reacts to Sexual Misconduct in the News
December 20, 2017

Democrat Jones Wins Alabama Senate Seat

Ruby Red Alabama Elects First Statewide Democrat in Over Twenty Years
December 19, 2017

Resignations in Congress

December 19, 2017

Former Trump Advisor Pleads Guilty to Lying to F.B.I.

Special Counsel Investigation Intensifies
December 7, 2017

Hectic Week in Congress

Republicans Set to Pass Signature Tax Reform Legislation
December 1, 2017
The goat statue nearest the school covers a plaque bearing Ravitz’s name.

The Guardian of the Playground

Annie Ravitz (‘85) Would Have Turned Fifty
November 21, 2017

Fall Sports In Review

A Graphical Look at the Colonels
November 19, 2017

Senate Nominee Accused of Sexual Assault

Republican Roy Moore Fights Allegations of Improper Conduct
November 14, 2017

Manafort Indicted in Mueller Investigation

Trump Camp Frustrated as Special Prosecutor Continues Russia Investigation
October 31, 2017

Clinton Campaign Revelation

Steele Dossier Re-emerges
October 31, 2017
Students exit school, heavy backpacks in tow.

Weight-ing for a Solution

The Ugly Truth About High Schoolers’ Backpacks
October 29, 2017

Illinois Governor Breaks with Party in Controversial Action

Rauner Supports Abortion Bill
September 29, 2017

Graham-Cassidy Bill Proposed in U.S. Senate

Republicans Attempt Obamacare Repeal Once More
September 27, 2017
Miklavic Brandon stands with her four-year-old daughter Jozi, 32.

Brandon Brand Expands

Angela Miklavcic Brandon to Teach M.S. Science
September 4, 2017

How to Encourage Exemplary Behavior

Using "Freakonomics" to Solve a Pressing Parker Issue
June 10, 2017

Kryptonian Substitute

The Versatility of David Alex
May 17, 2017


Kara Schupp to Teach Upper School Science
April 26, 2017

Dr. Frank Loses Piece of The House

First Grade Evicted from Parker
April 2, 2017

[Video] Pushing Judo Friendships to The Max

Freshman and Olympic-Bound Judoka's Worldwide Friendships
March 17, 2017


Twins at Parker Express Their Upcoming Separation at College
February 11, 2017

A Ninth-Grader’s Gripe

Why the 8th Grade Should Shadow Freshmen Again
December 21, 2016

Bieliz-ing in the New Dean

Connecting to his Students Through Candy
December 4, 2016

Considering a New Kind of Diversity

Parker's Focus on the Hearing Impaired
November 7, 2016
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