Parker’s Middle and Upper School Bands welcomed a special guest virtually to campus. Musician, music educator and, most recently, composer Laura Estes Zoomed in to Parker’s Band Room to discuss her musical journey with students
Animal welfare scientist Shannon O’Brien and Urban Wildlife Institute Director Seth Magle presented at Morning Ex this week to discuss animal behavior and urban habitats, respectively, as part of this year’s 17th Annual Robert A. Pritzker Visiting Scientist•Inventor•Engineer in Residence, the Lincoln Park Zoo.
Upper School History teacher Dr. Otis Eliot Pope Jr. was invited to participate in an interview to discuss his book, Forgotten Struggles: African-Americans Confront Racism During the Korean War Era with former Parker parent Rufus Williams on WVON 1690
During the past couple of weeks, students from all three Junior Kindergarten classes have been visiting Quest Food Management Food Service Director Chef Zac Maness to discuss a special fall classic: apples
To wrap up a recent French Food Unit, Upper School French teacher Frank Schaldenbrand instructed juniors in French III to combine their recently acquired knowledge with creativity and take part in a French Food Cooking Competition
Parker welcomed a special guest last Friday, when Cullen J. Davis Young Men of Color Symposium keynote speaker—an award-winning educator, spoken word poet and author—Donovan Livingston spoke at Morning Ex
Alum, parent emeritus and recently published author Ralph Shayne ’85 returned to Parker to provide an update on his recently published graphic novel Hour of Need, inspired by an event at the school in 2017.
To add creativity and context to the Day of the Death cultural unit that 7th graders are studying in Spanish classes, Profe. Mario Arango collaborated with Annette Lesak and Seth Bacon in the ILIS Department to design papel picado using Google Drawings software, allowing for small groups of students to collaborate and co-design
Every year, for a few days every few months, the Parents’ Association Lost and Found Committee sets up tables of items in the Front Alcove to help Parker families reclaim lost items. At the end of each Lost and Found event, there are always items that haven’t found their original owners. Have you ever wondered where these treasures go?
On Monday, October 30, alumnus and parent emeritus Ralph Shayne ’85 will discuss how he created Hour of Need about his mother’s Holocaust escape with the help of the Parker community, including 8th through 12th graders organized in a focus group by 8th grade English teacher David Fuder
The Parents’ Association Appreciation Committee kicked off its year in September by providing small notebooks, adorned with a note of thanks, and pens to employees to welcome them back as they embarked on a new school year
Parker’s friends at Chicago Sisters Cities International informed the school about a unique opportunity. Two artists from Morocco, Mohamed Fariji and Eugénie Forno, will visit Chicago next week and hold a lecture and book launch, as well as a special workshop
On Tuesday in the courtyard, the Upper School hosted its annual Involvement Fair, featuring more than 50 student organizations. Each group staffed a table as a way to promote their club, committee and/or affinity group
This summer, while many students were enjoying a brief break from responsibilities, one senior decided to spend his time on Capitol Hill. Benjamin Kagan spent the month of July working in the U.S. Senate Page Program, which “introduces students from diverse backgrounds to many interesting and challenging experiences in the nation’s capital. Read more about this experience from Kagan here.
Parker fosters community, which plays into the curriculum of 1st grade; students are taught their school is an extended family that they will get to know and learn how connected we all are regardless of division—Lower, Intermediate, Middle or Upper. Faculty throughout the school make connections all the time socially, and as teachers, helping their students become connected via projects of various types with a range of grade levels.
Alumnus and Parker parent Ralph Shayne ’85 discussed his new graphic novel “Hour of Need: The Daring Escape of the Danish Jews During World War II,” the novel’s inspiration and the creation process with Mitch Hurst from The North Shore Weekend
Since 1901, Morning Ex has been an important part of school life at Parker. Students assemble every Monday and Friday for a 40-minute curriculum-based program to share common ideas and learning opportunities
After attending a Steppenwolf Theatre performance of Eve Ewing’s book of poetry 1919, English teachers guided Upper School students in a generative process, wherein they published an original book of poetry reflecting upon America and their own lives
Junior members in our Students for Sensible Drug Policy civic-lab group recently met with 43rd Ward Alderman Timmy Knudsen to advocate for greater access to Narcan within our ward, and further promotion throughout the city.
After reading Corrine Luyken’s picture book about the creative process The Book of Mistakes, 1st grade teacher Beth Joebgen paired up her students with some grown-up artists to make simple inkblots into something beautiful
Students in 1st and 9th grades recently came together for a poetry project in which older students shared what they had been learning with their younger counterparts, and both collaborated in developing original poems and artwork
Second graders have been studying activism and learning about child activists around the world, whose passion, stories and activism have inspired them. Through this exploration, they learned that taking action and using your voice to create change is powerful, even at very young ages
What, you may ask, do 7th grade artists and Upper School French students have in common? Thanks to Art teacher Caroline Gardner and her innovative mosaic project inspired by French street artist the Invader, more than you might suspect!
On Saturday, May 20, four students—junior Warner Vance, sophomores Victoria Batts and Beckett Nikitas and freshman Spencer Koh—and faculty member George Austin traveled to the Richard Bong State Recreation Area in Wisconsin to launch the rocket that they had worked on during Cookies
The community is no stranger to the accomplishments of pianist and Parker sophomore Zarin Mehta, who recently traveled and performed across the globe. Now, Mehta is turning heads again as he is set to perform at Ravinia
From Tuesday, May 2 through Saturday, May 6, 15 Middle School students, 12 Upper School students and five Parker science faculty members participated in a week-long outdoor science adventure at Teton Science Schools
The Appreciation Committee celebrated Teacher Appreciation Week by presenting Parker faculty and staff with a beautiful array of flowers, inviting them to take a couple of their favorite ones, as well as adorable wildflower seed packets decorated with the words, “Thank You Bunches!”
Upper School English teacher Mike Mahany’s Graphic Novels senior elective hosted Chris Ware, a graphic-novelist from Oak Park and author of novels such as Rusty Brown and Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth, in a Zoom meeting on Wednesday
Student creativity, scholarship, determination and drama were on display in this year’s annual 4th grade Greek Play, where students shared the story of Theseus and the Minotaur from the perspectives of three characters
Fifth graders transformed their classrooms into interactive monasteries, townmarkets and castles from the Middle-Ages to share what they had been learning as part of this year’s medieval presentations.
On Tuesday, April 25, advanced classes in French, Mandarin, Latin, and Spanish gathered to celebrate their progression in their programs and share dramatic interpretations of various artistic works in the original language
Upper School female student-athletes had an opportunity to learn more about leadership from Utah Jazz Chief Experience Officer Andrea Williams via a Zoom meeting orchestrated by Director of Athletics Bobby Starks
Starting on Monday of last week, Parker welcomed Julian Randall ’11 to campus for a week and a half of poetry, writing, mentorship and more, culminating in the 9th Annual Jeanne Harris Hansell Endowed Fund for Poetry presentation on Wednesday
Students in Upper School Advanced Biology welcomed a special guest Zoom lecturer to the Kovler Family Library this past week. Speaking as a senior conservation scientist, Lincoln Park Zoo’s Charles Foley, PhD, spoke discussed his work with lions
Upper School scientists and chocolate fans had a hands-on lesson in the art of tempering chocolate when Sarah (Levy) Imberman ’99 and her Chief Operating Officer Alexa Sindelar visited Science teacher Gigi Mathews’ Chemistry of Cooking class to share their expertise
The Middle School proudly entertained the community this week with a fun trip to Bikini Bottom! A cast and crew of more than 80 Middle School students joined together for this exciting performance of The SpongeBob Musical
The Appreciation Committee reminded faculty and staff on Thursday that “We Couldn’t Be S’more Thankful” with bags of a delicious trail mix containing Golden Grahams cereal, marshmallows, chocolate chips and Hershey’s chocolate bars
During their Integrated Learning and Information Science Department class time, SKers have been learning about different emotions—talking about what it means to be calm and the difference between that feeling and feeling energized
Upper School students got some hands-on experience with the process of fermentation in their Chemistry of Cooking course when Food Service Manager and master baker Zac Maness combined forces with teacher Gigi Mathews to make bread from sourdough starter
On a recent Monday, Parker’s Immigration Justice group, a Civic Lab consisting of 15 juniors and their faculty adviser, Matt Laufer, traveled to Devon Avenue, where they purchased household goods for the Burmese Rohingya, Ukrainian and Congolese refugees settling in the Chicago area
With the expertise and support of Middle and Upper School Librarian Annette Lesak and the Integrated Learning and Information Sciences team, French I students completed their annual Francophone-themed Makers’ Project
On Wednesday, March 1, students in Advanced Spanish took a field trip to sample some Spanish tapas at Bulerías as a follow-up to a reading about the tradition of “el tapeo” (going out for tapas) in Spain
This past Saturday, March 4, Parker hosted our annual Diversity Job Fair for Independent Schools, an important recruiting event Parker established 19 years ago in partnership with The Latin School of Chicago and the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools
Upper School student writers from The Weekly recently participated in a data gathering and writing workshop with faculty from Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications at Northwestern University
Upper School students in the Immigration Justice Civic Lab group are currently collaborating with Refugee One on a fundraiser to buy household necessities and appliances for the Burmese Rohingya, Ukrainian and Congolese refugees settling in the Chicago area
Senior Owen Stepan spent the fall semester engaged in an Independent Study with Upper School Computer Science teacher Brianna Ifft, wherein he coded an app for 2nd graders to practice their math skills
Much like any rocket launch, from NASA’s Artemis I circling the moon to a high school event, weather plays an important part. And as a school so close to Lake Michigan, Parker is no stranger to a bit of wind and cold trying to impact students’ launch experiences. However, Upper School Science teacher Xiao Zhang and his team were determined to persevere and get firsthand experience with the principle of energy conservation
Six Parker students recently discussed their trip to the Student Diversity Leadership Conference in San Antonio, Texas at Morning Ex, where they not only participated in the conference but also acted as student leaders in moderating discussions and panels
Upper School Robotics teams recently conducted a Morning Ex to share about what they do, how they do it and convey more about the accolades their teams have garnered leading up to a league tournament taking place at the school
On Friday of last week, Rebeca Fernández from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) Office of Public Affairs visited with 3rd grade students to discuss water and the question, “Where does it all go?”
The Parents and Guardians of Black Students would like to thank the Parker community for donating and assisting with the assembly of the Blessing Bags for our Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Project. In total, 113 bags were created with love, which exceeded our goal of 100 bags
A COVID diagnosis did not stop Parker’s 5th Annual D’Rita and Robbie Robinson Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Speaker Ijeoma Oluo from sharing her time and message with the Parker community on Monday
Sixth grade students have been learning all about planet Earth in their science studies this year. Recently, each had to develop an independent project tied to their studies of climate change with the objective of encouraging others to take action to protect our shared environment
Upper School students in Travis Chandler’s Photoshop class recently put their newly acquired skills to some practical use when they designed book covers for their peers who recently completed novels as part of their participation in National Novel Writing Month
Tim Sinclair’s iconic voice sounded all too familiar to Chicago sports fans during a Morning Ex this week. Sinclair serves as the public address announcer for the Chicago Bears, Chicago Bulls, Chicago Fire and the University of Illinois Illini. Senior Emre Emanet interviewed Sinclair, asking questions about how he began his career in sports and sharing some of his amazing accomplishments, including being the PA announcer for the NBA All-Star Game and a voice on video games in the NBA 2K series
Upper School singer-songwriters and musicians in Alec Synakowski’s Songwriting and Music Production class recently shared highlights of their work from the first semester in a Music Elective Morning Ex
Students in Art teacher Caroline Gardner’s 7th grade classes, after wrapping up their unit in digital art, began a new lesson that focuses on sculpture and mixed media work. To kick off this new unit, students studied weaving