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posted Feb 24, 2017, 6:31 AM by Chris Janotta   [ updated Feb 24, 2017, 6:33 AM ]

Sixth Graders Should Have Field Trips

By DaYahni Harris

Why do the eighth graders get field trips and 6th graders get none? I know there is a budget, but there could be a way that we could have a fundraiser, and we could at least put a few dollars into a sixth grade field trip account. It does not have to be a lot of money; we can add it up every year until a future sixth grade class gets the field trips they should have.

Here are some words from some of our current sixth grade students.

Khyla Young said, “I really love art and think that we should go to an art museum.”

Tanner Clasen, “loves  Minecraft,” and thinks “we should go on a gaming field trip.”         

The current sixth graders may not go on a field trip, but maybe there are some sixth grade field trips in the future?  I hope so!

Parker Students Perform at Speech Festival

posted Feb 22, 2017, 8:48 AM by Chris Janotta   [ updated Feb 22, 2017, 8:50 AM ]

Some of Parker's students recently performed at the SSJHA 2017 Fine Arts Speech Festival at Colin Powell Middle School.  The whole team of students performed during Round I by reciting poetry.  

Two of the poems performed included "The Monster That Lives in My Room" by sixth grader Edward Szczender and "The Stress In My Soul" and "Bullets Wasted- Lives Taken" by Kiyah E. Roberts. All three poems can be found by clicking on the Creative Writing tab.

In Round II Avery Calhoon participated in Oral Interpretation by performing a selection from "Green Gables." Congratulations to all the members of Parker's Speech Team for all of their hard work and for representing our school at the Speech Festival!

Speech Team Performing Arts Festival Participants pictured with Certificates:
Front row left to right - Eddie Szczender (6th), Kiyah Roberts (8th), Isaiah Joiner (6th)
Back row - Coach Ms. Davis, Asst. Principal Ms. Fountain, Alex Reese (8th - perfect score), McKenzie Reese (8th), Coach Ms. Lechner
Not pictured: Liam Nelson (6th), Avery Calhoon (6th)


posted Nov 16, 2016, 11:43 AM by Chris Janotta

The Rangers Need to do Something

By Declan Hughes

Hey y’all welcome to the column you will go to to find out about all the latest baseball news, trade rumors, and more! So this week I would like to talk about the team whose performance in the playoffs frustrated me. I’m talking about the Texas Rangers.

I was so mad because they won the AL title in the regular season, and what did they do? They went out to the postseason and got swept. By the wild card team. That is terrible. They didn’t get what they wanted out of Nomar Mazara and Ian Desmond. First of all, Nomar Mazara was supposed to be this super prospect or whatever. His first game was probably his only good one. He made a whole lot of errors the rest of the year and is bat went cold. So for Mazara they basically didn’t get what they wanted out of him for the whole year.

Next is Ian Desmond. He played well in the regular season. It was actually an all star year. Desmond was a good utility player. He can play short, outfield, and I think they should try him at first but that’s just me. He went out in the playoffs and didn’t do anything if I recall correctly. I know this because they got swept. By the wild card team. Ian Desmond just didn’t do as well as he could have in the postseason.

Recently the Rangers have been talking about trading both of them. I feel like they could be good next year. They have been speaking with the O’s (Orioles) about trading Ian Desmond. They’ve been speaking with the White Sox about Mazara. They should really do that trade :) That concludes this article! Tune in next time for more news.  

Is Chocolate Really Bad for You?

posted Nov 9, 2016, 1:47 PM by Chris Janotta

Is Chocolate Really Bad for You?

By: Taree Evans

Chocolate, Sweet, Candy

The answer is for you to decide. Chocolate provides some vitamins and minerals such as magnesium, which our bodies need according to HealthAliciousNess.com. Also, chocolate contains sugar which the body uses for quick energy.

Chocolate causes your brain to release serotonin to the brain which makes you happy.  According to AmanoChocolate.com, chocolate has natural antioxidants called epicatechin and flavanols, they help keep your blood flowing freely, lower your blood pressure, and decrease e of heart attacks and strokes, helps protect skin from UV damage,reduces wrinkles, and reduces stress. The darker the chocolate the better for health. Not every chocolate bar has these benefits. When a chocolate bar’s first ingredients on the label are milk and sugar, that’s what it’s full of, and it most likely does not have all the good benefits.

Chocolate has its advantages and its disadvantages.  It depends on how much you intake and your portions.  Chocolate can be addictive. Also, chocolate contains sugar, caffeine, very high oxalate content which could create kidney stones, and lead. (Livehealthy.chron.com)   So the question is up to you--is chocolate really bad for  you or really good?

New Anime

posted Oct 13, 2016, 9:34 AM by Chris Janotta

One Punch Man Returns

By Staff



Saitama is the hero we deserved and the one we need right now, that is why One Punch Man is having a second season. For those who don’t know anything about One Punch Man, it is an anime show about a bald-headed, red-caped superhero by the name of Saitama who is a superhero for fun. He has extreme strength and reflexes due to his simple training of 100 pushups, 100 situps, 100 squats and a 10 km run everyday.

The show is really a parody of superheroes because Saitama really doesn’t put much effort into being a superhero.  Anyway, the announcement was held at the “One Punch Man Autumn Festival,” and you can get caught up on the series now through Hulu, Viz.com, and Toonami.

More Info in the link below


What's next for Apple?

posted Oct 13, 2016, 9:23 AM by Chris Janotta

Rumors of Apple Joining the Automotive Industry

By Staff


Apple interested in entering the automotive industry?

Reportedly the tech giant Apple is interested in entering the automotive industry, acquiring the company called Mclaren Technology Group(MTG).  This company is known for insanely fast supercars, and creating a Formula One Team would make sense. With reports of Apple buying the whole entirety of MTG rising, a spokesperson at MTG quickly denied any claims of apple purchasing MTG. Perhaps Apple doesn’t want to buy the whole MTG but wants to acquire MTG tech, since their tech is extremely amazing and fast. Nothing has been confirmed as of the moment, but Apple might want to think about investing in the company for future use.

What is Mclaren?

Mclaren, or Mclaren Technology Group, is a British group based out of Woking and Surrey in the United Kingdom. They are well-known for releasing insanely fast supercars and for acquiring the Formula One team in 1981, a racing team in the highest class of single seated auto racing that is stanced by the FIA ( Federation Internationale de Automobile).

Paraphrased from:

Forget racing, this is what’s really driving Apple’s interest in McLaren”

By Yoni Heisler on Sep 25, 2016 at 9:00 AM


Hurricanes,Typhoons, and Cyclones, Oh my: The Basics on Tropical Storms

posted Oct 13, 2016, 8:46 AM by Chris Janotta

Hurricanes,Typhoons, and Cyclones, Oh my: The Basics on Tropical Storms

By Lauren Matthews

Fig. 1:  Hurricane Fran of the coast of Florida, as seen from space


Even if you don’t live near the East coast you still know when hurricane season is. This is because of the wide spread news of hurricanes throughout the US. Hurricanes, also known as tropical storms, are large storms formed over the ocean in low pressure areas. Due to now being hurricane season you may have heard of a lot of hurricanes, such as Hurricane Hermine and, most recently, Hurricane Matthew. With hurricane season in full swing it is good to know the basics on hurricanes and tropical storms, even if you aren't preparing for one.

What’s the difference between Hurricanes, Typhoons, and Cyclones?

There is no difference between these tropical storms except the location they formed in. Hurricanes are tropical storms that formed in the Western Hemisphere, north of the equator. Typhoons are tropical storm that formed in the Eastern Hemisphere, north of the equator. All storms that formed in the Southern Hemisphere are cyclones.

Fig 2: A map of how tropical storms are named


Interestingly a hurricane or typhoon cannot become a cyclone because of the earth’s rotation. This is known as the Coriolis Effect. The Coriolis Effect is what causes hurricanes and typhoons to turn counterclockwise, thus pulling them away from the equator. Cyclones turn clockwise due to the Coriolis Effect, also pulling away the storm from the equator.  

Hurricane Categories

You have probably heard of a hurricane category before but do you know what it means? Hurricanes are classified into groups based on wind speed. This is used to calculate how dangerous the hurricane will be if and when it achieves landfall. Even though all hurricanes are dangerous, a category one hurricane will be less dangerous and destructive than a category five hurricane.

The scale used to measure hurricane categories is called the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane scale. The wind speed mentioned in the chart is the sustained wind speed and is measured in the eye of the storm. The storm surge is the change of water level due to pressure changes and storm winds.

Although the scale gives levels of damage for each category, it is not always accurate. It mostly depends on where the hurricane has landfall. A category three storm in a highly populated area could do as much damage as category five storm in a less populated area. Damage is more about location of landfall than wind speed to some extent.

Importance of Hurricane Knowledge

Even though you will, hopefully, not be facing a hurricane in the near future, it is important to know about these deadly storms. Having knowledge of hurricanes will help you to better understand the storms that are causing damage around the world. It also helps you to better understand the situation and to help victims of these storms. Nothing can prevent hurricanes but you can help people recover from them.

Geek Weekly

posted Oct 13, 2016, 8:42 AM by Chris Janotta


By Tucker Harris

Hello and welcome to Geek Weekly,  here to give you the latest news on games today.


Calling All Batman Fans

A new Batman Arkham game is  coming out but, this time for Playstation VR. I’m not sure how to think about this, I haven’t played many Batman games lately, but it supposedly has an hour long storyline. VR games seem pretty cool, but I’m skeptical and still want to see how this plays out.

Forza Horizon 3

I personally want to see more open world games; that is why I want to get some hands-on  gameplay for the new Forza Horizon 3. The game is supposed to take place in all of Australia with over 300 fully customizable cars to play around with. Some of  the game-modes are drag races, helicopter races, and just normal races, but to be honest, all I’m going to do is ram into the terrain in funny ways!

Just In Time For Halloween

Scary things are not my forte to be honest. But fans of Resident Evil have had some time to try out “Resident Evil Biohazard,” and people are saying it’s a game that plays as a first person game where you walk a hallway many times. It’s more of an experience than a game, people say.

That’s all of the time I have right now. Thank you for reading my first article on Geek Weekly.  I’ll see you again soon!

Career Day

posted Apr 29, 2016, 12:26 PM by Chris Janotta   [ updated Apr 29, 2016, 12:26 PM ]

Career Day was a huge success today, with Parker's eight grade students gaining a wealth of knowledgefrom the different presenters.
Dr. Lakshmi Emory was one of the presenters
, and the lucky students who were able to attend her presentation got a taste of what it's like to be a doctor.  Between using stethoscopes to listen to their own heartbeats and looking inside other students' ears with an otoscope, students also had a chance to hear about all of the hard work it takes to become a doctor.  

The Lion King

posted Apr 14, 2016, 9:11 AM by Chris Janotta   [ updated Apr 14, 2016, 9:11 AM ]

By Lauren Matthews

The Lion King is just a wonderful musical, and The Parker Press got a little bit of a sneak peek of how it is going. The musical score is simply inspiring, and the actors are sure to make it a wonderful performance. I decided to give you a bit of an inside look of the musical with this interview with the musical director and Parker music teacher, Mrs. Rupert.

Why did you choose to do The Lion King for this year’s musical?

There were a number of factors that went into the decision for the musical this year, but my main focus was to find a show that could feature a large number of students. The Lion King, Jr. is perfect for this because there are many roles to be filled, and the Ensemble is an integral part of the show.

How frequent and long are practices?

Rehearsals are generally two hours long. We began by rehearsing 2-3 times a week, and we now rehearse every day after school. Rehearsals in the week leading up to the show can range anywhere from 2-6 hours! Crew members also stay after school a few hours each week to work on set design, costumes, make-up, and props. The students have been putting a lot of time and energy into this show!

How big is the cast?

The cast has 28 students in it.

When is the play going to be shown to the public?

Our performance will be Friday, April 22 at 6:30 pm. Tickets will be on sale the week of the musical during lunch.

Did you have an experience like this when you were a child or in school?

Yes, I did! I performed in all three of my junior high school’s musicals: The Fiddler on the Roof, Jr., Once Upon a Mattress, Jr., and Crone Goes to Broadway. (The latter was an original show written by my director for our school.) I absolutely loved it!

What should the audience be on the look out when seeing the play? Any effects, props, set pieces, or costumes?

There’s a lot to keep an eye out for in this show! To start, we have two different sets of actors and actresses playing Young Simba & Nala and Adult Simba & Nala. These pairs share costume patterns and pieces, as well as mannerisms – there will be a fight scene in the beginning of the show by Young Simba & Nala that their older counterparts will repeat later on. Be on the look out for those similarities but also the differences as the characters age and mature.

I would also keep an eye out for Rafiki! She is onstage in many scenes where she does not speak, always watching and observing. See if you can find her each time she appears! Finally, don’t forget to check out how much the Ensemble is doing. They have many different roles throughout the show, and they need to be quick and adaptable to shift from scene to scene.

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