Parker Junior High School

Parker students ready to represent Illinois at national history competition

Five Parker Junior High students will be dramatizing the story of the Black Panther Party when they represent Illinois in the junior high division at the National History Day competition June 10 at the University of Maryland.
 
A campaign is on now to help fund the students’ trip to the East Coast for the competition.

Social media threat causes lockdown at Parker JH

Administrators at Parker Junior High School in Flossmoor initiated a yellow lockdown early in the morning Wednesday, April 24, after being informed of a threat against the school posted to social media. No incidents of violence have been reported. The lockdown remains in effect and will until the end of the day, according to District 161 spokesperson Amy Kent.

 

Flossmoor School Board revisits Parker underperforming designation

The Flossmoor District 161 School Board continued conversations on rectifying the state’s underperforming designation for Parker Junior High School at its Nov. 26 meeting.
 
Potential avenues of improvement include hiring a former District 161 principal as a special projects consultant, continuing work on classroom culture and climate and enhancing district communications with parents.
 

State designates Parker Junior High as ‘underperforming’

Parker Junior High School was labeled as underperforming for the 2018-19 school year based on low-income and special education students falling below Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) standards.
 
The Flossmoor District 161 school board on Nov. 13 discussed the state’s designation but struggled to identify a specific issue that might have led to a decline in those students’ performances.
 

Parker runners score high at cross country conference meet

Four Parker Junior High School runners were conference champions at the Sept. 28 SSJSA Conference cross country meet. Parker’s team competed agains nine other schools at the meet, which took place at Apollo Park in Homewood. 

Parker Junior High moving on to baseball sectionals

Parker Junior High of Flossmoor walked away with the regional title in the Illinois Elementary School Association’s baseball tournament, defeating Homewood’s James Hart School 15-4 on Monday. Hart went into the game at Lions Field undefeated. In the semi-match Saturday it scored 14-4 against its opponent. Monday the tables were turned.

District 161 moves toward hiring private security at Parker

Flossmoor District 161 took a step Monday toward hiring a private firm to provide security at Parker Junior High School this fall. The board held a public hearing on the subject and also recognized Parker Junior High School students who were selected to participate in an internship sponsored by the Homewood Science Center and Izaak Walton Nature Preserve.

Parker students, staffers have heads shaved at St. Baldrick’s event

“Shavees” and their supporters raised close to $7,500 at Parker Junior High School’s first-ever St. Baldrick’s event on April 21.
 
Money raised at the event will help find cures for childhood cancer. A total of 10 people – five Parker students, three school staffers and two community members – made pledges and had their heads shaved in solidarity with children who lose their hair while being treated for cancer.
 

Band festival gives young musicians chance to perform, get feedback

Young musicians from Homewood and Flossmoor performed and got valuable feedback and input from experts during the 2018 South Suburban Junior High School Association Band Festival April 12 hosted by James Hart School in Homewood.
 

Prepare to lose hair as St. Baldricks’s comes to Parker Saturday

At least 10 “shavees” will be donating their hair for a good cause Saturday at Parker Junior High School in Flossmoor.
 
The school is hosting a St. Baldrick’s fundraiser that will help find cures for children with cancer. Persons taking part in the event make funding pledges but also agree to have their heads shaved in solidarity with children who lose their hair while being treated for cancer.
 

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