With great care, responsibility and optimism, we will navigate our way into the start of this school year and steward Parker’s future in a manner that supports our core values and current and anticipated needs.
Since 1901, Morning Ex has been an important part of school life at Parker. Students gather for a 40-minute curriculum-based program to allow all four divisions of the school (Lower, Intermediate, Middle and Upper Schools) to share common ideas and learning opportunities. This year, to ensure the safety of all, Morning Ex will be a virtual experience.
All are welcome to share in this unique moment in our school’s history and in the lives of our 12th grade students as they are honored and recognized in Francis W. Parker School’s first virtual Commencement Exercise.
Senior Madeline Friedman has spent the last semester engaged in an Independent Study taking a closer look at people’s relationships with food. By studying diet, food and nutrition, Friedman wanted to gain a deeper understanding of why we need/choose to eat certain foods and how the human body processes and uses nutrients
In guiding her Upper School students as they study biology, teacher Kara Schupp likes to take the time to help increase appreciation for the human beings actually practicing the science she teaches in classes, in addition to their important contributions to the discipline
This semester in Jeanne Barr’s Upper School Talk of the Town history course, she has guided 13 seniors and one junior in reading The New Yorker and other publications and joining together in small groups to track themes in one of four categories: Art, Culture, Politics or Science and Technology
In their ongoing efforts to curate creative outlets for our student community to learn and grow together despite social distance, members of our Integrated Learning and Information Sciences (ILIS) Department have recently orchestrated the school’s first-ever virtual hackathon, which invited interested students to join together remotely and work in small groups to design and build a virtual world
In the latest installment of our ZooMX experiences, American history expert, author and associate professor in Northwestern University’s History Department Daniel Immerwahr gathered virtually with students and teachers to share insights from his second book, How to Hide an Empire: Geography and Power in the Greater United States
Senior Jared Saef conducted an independent study under the guidance of faculty advisor Susan Elliott, examining the compositional change in the retail lining Clark Street in Lincoln Park over the last thirteen years, which he submitted to the Mikva Foundation’s Action Civics Showcase
The History Department treated the 8th grade and the Upper School to their second “ZooMX.” New York University Professor of Social Science, published author, New York Times columnist and Parker graduate Eric Klinenberg ’89 recently hosted the virtual gathering with more than 70 students and faculty
Students in Tisha Johnson’s Junior Kindergarten class typically design and create new projects surrounding different themes in the classroom each week. Despite current circumstances, Johnson wanted to continue fostering this creativity, so she has encouraged students to design and create new things each week on their own at home
Junior Camille Freedman recently completed an Independent Study that allowed her to take on a pair of unique leadership roles within her dance studio community at Extensions Dance Center and better understand the work and responsibilities involved in running a nonprofit dance studio
Eighth grade students recently participated in a virtual experience with President and CEO of the Bulletin of the Atomic ScientistsRachel Bronson, also a Parker parent, that helped connect lessons from nuclear risk and climate change in the past with the current pandemic
In his effort to bring the tastes of our model home to each member of the Parker community while socially distancing, Food Service Director Chef Zac offers up his latest video, showing how to make Fleisch Bierock with his secret family recipe passed down through generations!
Students in Alicia Abood’s Writer's Studio class recently attended an intimate virtual gathering with poet Kate Baer, who shared three poems from her new book What Kind of Woman and fielded student questions about her craft and process
In Parker’s inaugural year of building a Project Invent team, students have been using design thinking, engineering and computer science to create a physical device for a junior with multiple severe allergies
Upper School English teacher Mike Mahany is known for bringing the fun to every class he teaches. Inspired by online photos of people recreating famous paintings at home during the pandemic, he put up juniors in his two American Literature sections to a similar challenge
At the end of an eight-week unit, Upper School history teacher Jeanne Barr recently asked her 11th grade students to render their interpretations of the consequences of modern industrial capitalism using stop-motion animation
With remote learning now an everyday reality for students around the globe due to the COVID-19 pandemic, schools are having to look at everything they have traditionally offered students through an entirely new lens—and the concept of recess is among them
In his Themes in World History class, teacher Otis Pope recently asked his students to demonstrate their understanding of the Cuban Missile Crisis and its impact on the Cold War by creating online narratives
In a recent virtual gathering with conductor, teacher and professional musician Betty Lewis, Upper School orchestra students had the opportunity to meet with world-class violin maker—also called a luthier—Antoine Nedelec
In his effort to bring the tastes our model home to each member of the Parker community while socially distancing, Food Service Director Chef Zac offers up his latest video, showing how to make his famous Wedding Day Scones in your kitchen at home!
After discovering Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West for the 10th grade English curriculum, teacher Matt Laufer devised an assignment that put students in the role of unsolicited, unpaid consultants to the movie adaptation
Recently, history students in Parker’s 8th and 11th grades participated in a special Zoom-based class session on the legacy of Franklin D. Roosevelt with American political journalist, best-selling author, documentary filmmaker, former Newsweek magazine senior editor and Parker alumnus Jonathan Alter ’75
Prior to Parker’s shift to remote learning, when one student used the morning meeting to share her independent efforts to write get-well notes to patients who had recently contracted COVID-19, a number of her peers were interested in lending their hearts and pens to the effort
Eighth graders recently concluded a science project that challenged them to exercise their creative imaginations and envision technologies that could help shape a more sustainable future for our global community
Rather than let the current COVID-19 crisis make him feel powerless, one Parker sophomore has partnered with the school to produce PPE using a 3D-printer from the TIDES Garage at home, donating the results to health care workers on the front lines at hospitals around the city
Senior Kindergarten students recently enjoyed a musical treat when music teacher and Upper School Orchestra conductor Betty Lewis brought her students to the Kindergarten Atrium to perform for their younger peers
Members of Parker’s Asian Alliance gathered on Tuesday, March 3 to make a presentation about the coronavirus, including background information on the virus, the global economic impact and microaggressions/xenophobia/racism around the virus
Fourth grade students recently completed an interdisciplinary unit that addressed their knowledge of Spanish vocabulary for personal descriptions and colors, in conjunction with a Social-Emotional Learning unit on identity led by the Counseling Department.
Middle and Upper School students got the straight dope on the vaping industry and its inherent risks in a recent Morning Ex with Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor Matthew Quinn
Mark Love, an engineer with international experience in transportation systems, returned to Parker to work with the entire 9th grade. Love is the founder of Engineers Teaching Algebra, a program that brings an engineer into the classroom to encourage the pursuit of advanced math and science studies.
Advanced French students Lauren Hughes ’20, Lily Koltun ’20, Isabel Olesinski ’20 and Will Rantala ’20 joined French III student Bodie Florsheim ’21 to perform a short play for a DePaul University French class
Don Tate, award-winning author and illustrator of numerous critically acclaimed children’s books, visited Parker recently to share more about his work and inspire students to discover and hone their personal passions with practice
The Physical Education Department recently combined forces with 4th and 5th grade students on a new unit of study that focused on peer teaching, creativity, problem-solving, cooperation and new product development
Two Upper School writers recently received prestigious regional awards for their achievements in art and writing as part of The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers’ 2020 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
A little cold couldn’t keep Upper School physics students from getting some firsthand experience with the principle of energy conservation, as science teacher Xiao Zhang recently led the charge across our ice-speckled turf field to launch rockets.
Internationally recognized psychotherapist, author and speaker Lynn Lyons recently spent three days at Parker to provide differentiated strategies and interactive discussion addressing the most common concerns and issues that parents and teachers have regarding stress, worry, mood and behaviors
Each year, 4th graders at Parker immerse themselves in math through multiplication, geometry, fractions and more. However, a favorite topic among Intermediate School students is geometry—and there’s a good reason for it.