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Testing finds no new active or infectious cases

Raphy Gendler and Sam Orloff
February 11, 2017
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Superintendent Rob Metz announced in a Feb. 6 statement that  “no new or suspected cases of active or infectious TB were found" after 166 Park students and staff were tested. When sophomore Hope Cassman found out she was being tested for tuberculosis (TB), she said she felt reassured she would recei...

School board begins superintendent search

School board begins superintendent search

Hadeal Rizeq
February 9, 2017
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During a school board meeting Jan. 23, Superintendent Rob Metz announced the board hired a contractor, School Exec Connect, to begin the superintendent search process. “(School Exec Connect is) going to come to St. Louis Park, and the first thing to try to find out is what superintendent St. Louis Park ...

Park History Day 2017 competition results

Park History Day 2017 competition results

February 2, 2017
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Below are the results from the 2017 St. Louis Park High School National History Day competition held on Feb. 1 in the media center. Individual Websites: Amanuel Abebe - Muhammad Ali Stands Against the Vietnam War Group Websites: Raphy Gendler, Jared Zirkes and Noah Smith - Curt Flood ...

Students react to lack of parking passes

Students react to lack of parking passes

Sophie Yarosh
February 1, 2017
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Senior Sam Baer said she didn’t believe her friends that parking passes were sold out, so she was surprised when she walked into the Student Office and learned there weren’t any left. Baer said she was upset about not being able to purchase a parking pass, but said she understands she waited t...

Administration extends no-pass policy

Administration extends no-pass policy

Annabella Strathman
January 30, 2017
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Administration extended its no-pass policy another week, after its introduction at the beginning of second semester, according to assistant principal Kari Schwietering. Schwietering said the policy idea, which originally was going to last for the first week of the semester, came about from talking t...

County to test 150 students, 16 staff members for tuberculosis

Raphy Gendler and Adah Koivula
January 25, 2017
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Update Feb. 6: In a statement today, Superintendent Rob Metz announced testing was successful and "no new or suspected cases of active or infectious TB were found at the school." Metz also said the Hennepin County health department will use its follow-up protocols as a precaution.  Individuals who ...

Second semester brings modified unexcused tardy practice

Adah Koivula and Jayne Stevenson
January 25, 2017
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With the start of the new semester, assistant principal Kari Schwietering announced changes in Park's attendance and tardy system. In a Jan. 23 announcement, Schwietering said while previously students received an unexcused tardy for arriving to class up to 10 minutes late without a pass and an unexcu...

Human rights officer information posted in student office

Human rights officer information posted in student office

Raphy Gendler
January 24, 2017
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After an Echo investigation found administration had violated policy, including the failure to post the name and information of a human rights officer, Echo reporters found a poster in the student office with the human rights officer’s name and contact information Jan. 23, the first school day of second semester. District hu...

Echo receives national honors

January 24, 2017
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The Echo staff recently was recognized with multiple prestigious awards. The Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) awarded The Echo with a Hybrid Gold Crown in 2016, and the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) recognized The Echo as a 2016 National Newspaper Pacemaker Finalist for the four...

Speed of Guest Wi-Fi network limited by design

Dani Orloff
January 22, 2017
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The speed of the Guest Wi-Fi was constructed to be restricted, according to district information services director Tom Marble. “Speed of connections are different depending upon how you are connecting,” Marble said. “The Guest Wi-Fi network is limited in speed by design, as it does not requ...

Echo files suit against district

Echo files suit against district

January 19, 2017
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Updated Jan. 20: The PDF of Echo's complaint has been updated to reflect a change in how the plaintiff is listed. Echo filed a suit against the St. Louis Park school district Jan. 18, alleging the district failed to comply with the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act in withholding security footage from ...

District looks into new lunch program

District looks into new lunch program

Sumaya Mohamed and D'aviyan Robinson
January 17, 2017
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When junior Ella Trotter walks into the lunchroom, she hopes the school will provide better food options. “Instead of having processed and healthier foods, you should just have real foods. Get real stuff,” Trotter said. Superintendent Rob Metz said plans are underway to implement a lunch program s...

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