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

Samantha Graines

Samantha Graines, News Editor

Samantha Graines is a junior on her third year on the staff of "The Weekly." She is thrilled to be serving as the news editor and a staff writer for the 2021-22 school year. When she is not writing or editing, she is hanging out with her friends, leading the Senate, or in Model UN. She is so thrilled to see what this year has in store!

All content by Samantha Graines
Helping Chicagos Youth

Helping Chicago’s Youth

Chicago Survivors Receives $10,000 Susan F. Berkowitz Grant
June 9, 2022
Sophomore Kai Uemura competes in a gymnastics competition while overseas in Germany.

Going for Gold

Sophomore Kai Uemura Excels on Junior Team USA
May 10, 2022
The Mamma Mia cast and crew assembles for opening night in makeshift Greece. Photo by Noemi Ponce.

Dancing Queen

Upper School Faces its Waterloo! In “Mamma Mia!”
April 1, 2022
The Girls Basketball Team huddles together during their White Out Game

A Team Effort

The Athletic Department Returns to a New Normal
February 11, 2022
Two Candy Canes And A Song For The Christmas Tree

Two Candy Canes and a Song For the Christmas Tree

12 Days Returns to the Auditorium Stage
December 17, 2021
The edition of Lolita students are reading in the Literature and Censorship class.

Nothing to LOL(ita) About

Parker’s Literature and Censorship Class Explores “Lolita”
October 29, 2021
Two For One

Two For One

Cross Divisional Climate Science and Environmental Politics Class Debuts at Parker
October 12, 2021
Parker welcomes a new Second Grade Teacher, Brittney Washington. Photo courtesy of Brittney Washington.

Starting Fresh in Second Grade

Brittney Washington Joins the Second Grade Team
September 8, 2021

Registrar to Club Fair

Yearbook Will Transition from a Class to a Club
June 10, 2021

Supporting One Another

Parker Hosts the Cullen J. Davis Young Men of Color Symposium
May 14, 2021
A group of senior boys prepare for their escape into parker. Photo courtesy of Nick Skok.

Finding Pieces of The House

Seniors Come on Campus for a Special Grade Event
April 2, 2021
Photo of Ms. Cristie teaching her freshman class. Photo by Gray Joseph.

An Aca-Welcome

Getting To Know Emma Castaldi’s Long-Term Substitute
February 12, 2021
Which one is better? the scales of finals. Cartoon by cartoonist Maddy Leja.

Finally Finishing First Semester

Upper School Finals Continue Amidst Remote Learning
January 29, 2021
Parker families took part in the annual Thanksgiving food drive. Photo courtesy of Kevin Conlon.

Twenty Years of Turkey

The Annual Turkey Drive Continues Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic
December 18, 2020
amilies are typically allowed to enter the building for The Upper School Open House, this year it was be virtual on November 14. Photo courtesy of Parker.

Open (Zoom) House

Parker’s Upper School Open House Went Virtual
November 24, 2020
Riya Jain reading one of her books to an audience. Photo courtesy of Riya Jain.

Books for Change

Freshman Riya Jain Wrote and Published Two Books
October 30, 2020
Nurse’s Office: COVID-19 Edition. How the Nurse’s Office Has Changed With the Pandemic.

Nurse’s Office: COVID-19 Edition

How the Nurse’s Office Has Changed With the Pandemic
October 7, 2020
Collecting Constructive Criticism

Collecting Constructive Criticism

Parker’s Student Government creates a new 360 Review Council
September 7, 2020
Senior Molly Taylor recently advanced to the statewide Illinois History Day competition after writing an essay about the 1937 Exposition Internationale.

Making History by Writing History

Senior Molly Taylor Advances to State History Competition
June 4, 2020
A Preview of Wednesday U-Lunches Next Year

A Preview of Wednesday U-Lunches Next Year

Jackson Antonow, Alex Carlin, Eli Moog, and Tess Wayland Run for Senate
May 13, 2020
Image from NFC North Report on Instagram

The Notorious NFC

Max Keller Runs Sports Instagram Account With 12.4K Followers
April 12, 2020

More Than Just a Rose

Parker’s Bachelor Bracket
February 13, 2020
Eric Rampson starting the second work period for the NaNoWriMo in the Collab-lab

Starting Their Story

Middle Schoolers Participate in NaNoWriMo
November 26, 2019

¡Hola from Spain!

A Glimpse into Ellie Buono’s Year-Abroad Experience
October 30, 2019
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