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

Tess Wayland

Tess Wayland, Editor In Chief

Tess Wayland is so very excited to spend her last year on the “Weekly” as Editor-in-Chief after serving as Managing Editor, Copy Editor, and Staff Writer. She is proud to say she’s come a long way since her first-ever 7-page draft whose EIC edits made her cry. When she’s not brainstorming innovative “turn in your drafts” Classroom posts or rummaging for candy in the Pub Office, she can be found arguing with Eli in Cabinet, signing-off on Jake’s new flannel, or steeping Earl Grey at exactly 200 degrees.

All content by Tess Wayland
DEI In Review

DEI In Review

Parker Continues Work in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; DEI Director Hire and Strategy Plan Postponed to 2022-23
June 9, 2022
20/22 Hindsight

20/22 Hindsight

May 10, 2022
Mask On, Mask Off

Mask On, Mask Off

Parker Adopts Mask Optional Policy in Pandemic Year Three
April 1, 2022
Lira and Parker Party Co-Chairs bundled, spirited, and Fun Run ready.

The Life of the Parker Party

Parker Party Replaces Parker Auction, Fundraises for Financial Assistance
February 11, 2022
Headshot of Winnie Kearns, the Newest Parker Counselor

Kearns Comes to Counseling

Winnie Kearns Fills Donohue’s Vacancy
December 17, 2021
Large plastic caps and locks block access to water fountain spigots.Photo by Emma Manley.

Fountains of Youths

Students Want Water Fountain Spigots Reopened
November 29, 2021
“We Will React Strongly”

“We Will React Strongly”

Student Government, Arnold Address Racist Kahoot Usernames
October 29, 2021
The alcove is quiet as students wait for the start of school. Photo by Caroline Skok.

Masked But Back

Parker Returns Fully On-Campus Despite Delta Variant
September 8, 2021
Photo of the Brandon Miklavcic Family. Photo courtesy of Mr. Brandon.

Two Eagles Soar to Ravenscroft

Upper School Head Justin Brandon and Angela Miklavcic Brandon To Leave Parker
June 10, 2021
Two members from the upper school musical pose during their in person production.

“A New World”

Upper School Spring Musical Premieres Virtually
May 14, 2021
Benjamin Kagan has helped hundreds of people receive their COVID-19 vaccination. Photo courtesy of Benjamin Kagan.

Vaccine Freshm-angel

Parker Freshman Benjamin Kagan Goes Viral for Vaccine Help
April 2, 2021
A New Layer of Protection

A New Layer of Protection

February 12, 2021
Snowfall Showcase collage.

Snowfall Showcase 2021

February 6, 2021
Parkers “Circle Drive on Clark Street pictured a few years ago. Photo courtesy of Francis Parker.

Circling Back on History

Parker Renames Circle Drive after Jo Anderson
January 29, 2021
Photograph of John Novick courtesy of Francis W Parker School.

No More Novick

Head of Intermediate and Middle Schools To Leave Parker in July
December 18, 2020
Progressive Income, Progressive Ed

Progressive Income, Progressive Ed

Income Tax Ballot Initiative Fails in Illinois
November 24, 2020
Parker Goes All Remote

Parker Goes All Remote

K-8 To Learn Remotely Through Winter Recess
November 23, 2020
Teaching Masked

Teaching Masked

Teachers Navigate In-Person Learning
October 30, 2020
The Belden buildings, 317-325 West Belden Avenue. Photo by Caroline Skok.

Buildin’ on Belden

Parker Purchases 317-325 W Belden Building Following Controversy
October 7, 2020
College Counseling During COVID-19

College Counseling During COVID-19

How college counseling is developing concerning the 2020-21 school year
October 7, 2020
NYU professor Eric Klinenberg 89 discussed the connections between his latest book and the current COVID-19 pandemic

Heat Wave and COVID Curve

Sociology Professor Eric Klinenberg '89 Speaks on Social Solidarity
June 3, 2020
Upper School history teacher Kevin Conlon’s Economics and Society class meets on Zoom.

Pandemic Policy

Parker Adapts to Distance Learning
May 13, 2020

Locked Out Of The House

Pritzker Announces Statewide School Closure For Rest Of School Year
April 17, 2020

The State Of Our Mission

ISACS Team Visits Parker
April 12, 2020
A photo of the once populated Clark Street, now inactive due to widespread social distancing.

Empty Chairs at Empty Tables

Pritzker Announces Restaurant Closure
March 18, 2020
This year’s visiting scientist Dinee Simpson poses with Principal Dan Frank. Photo courtesy of Nick Saracino.

Transplanting Knowledge

Visiting Scientist Dr. Dinee Simpson Returns
February 13, 2020
The building that formerly housed Cosi, a popular restaurant in Lincoln Park.

Thank You, Next

Former Next Chef Jenner Tomaska Opens Restaurant in Cosi Space
January 31, 2020
Dr. Frank speaking at the first meeting of his psychology class.

Sigmund Frank

Principal Frank Teaches Mini-Course on Psychology
December 20, 2019

That’s on Me, Coach

Bobby Starks Assembles Coaching Team
November 26, 2019
The Green Team smiles at the Chicago Youth Climate Strike.

Reduce, Reuse, and the Return to Recycling

Parker Students and Faculty Participate in the Climate March in the Loop
October 30, 2019
The new Upper School Dean of Student Life, Joe Bruno.

And You Get a New Dean!

Joe Bruno Enters Upper School Dean Role
October 10, 2019

Private But Not Powerless

Parker’s Faculty Association Protects Teachers at Private School
September 5, 2019

Make Democracy Embryonic Again

Student Body Elects Next Leaders
June 5, 2019

Going Quiet

Pride Committee Organizes Day of Silence
May 9, 2019

Youngest Moog Gone Rogue

Eli Moog Stages Student Government Coup
March 30, 2019

Students Try Their Hand(book)

Senate Heads Rewrite Code of Conduct
February 14, 2019

Accreditation Nation

Parker Writes Self-Study for ISACS
February 1, 2019
Junior Ren Habiby learns from her new book from the Book Fair.

Book Fair and Square

Parker Sells New Books for the Holidays
December 20, 2018
The empty post-Cosí building on the corner of Webster and Clark.

Così-ing up to Clark Street’s Future

The Longtime Vacancy at 2200 N Clark St
November 20, 2018
The robot used last year in the finale competition.

“Our Work Is Never Over”

Robotics Team Finally Gets Designated Workspace
October 30, 2018
Sophomore Yildis Rihter practices violin in a private lesson with Betty Lewis.

No More Treble in the Music Department

Private Music Lessons at Parker Gains a New Face
October 4, 2018
Nathan Satterfield, one of the heads of the upper school’s robotics team Robo Theosis, claps at the Chicago Robotics Invitational this summer.

Parker’s First FIRST

Parker Hosts Chicago Robotics Invitational
September 5, 2018
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