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Senior honors grandmother

Senior honors grandmother

Nicole Sanford
January 16, 2017
Filed under In the Spotlight, Uncategorized

What was your name before and what is your name now? I go by Zosha right now, and then the name before that I went by was Sophia, the name on my birth certificate. How long ago did you change your name? I changed my name just at the beginning of this (school) year — August or September. Why di...

Artist brings drawing to life

Artist brings drawing to life

Hannah Leff
January 13, 2017
Filed under In the Spotlight

How long have you been interested in art? My whole life, I’ve always been interested in art. I can’t remember a time where I wasn’t. I’ve always been sketching and drawing little pictures whether is was of “Star Wars” or “Spiderman,” just things I was into. What kind of classes do...

Science Olympiad captain enjoys leading club

Science Olympiad captain enjoys leading club

Nicole Sanford and Lauren VonEschen
January 12, 2017
Filed under Student Profiles

What is your role as captain of Science Olympiad? As captain of Science Olympiad, I generally make sure that the members know what the specific event requires of them and to check in to ensure that (members) have what they need. I also try to include all of the members so we feel like a team because...

Meet the staffer

Meet the staffer

Sydney Hall
January 11, 2017
Filed under Profiles, Staff Profiles

Brittani Schroeder recently started as an administrative assistant in the athletic department at Park. According to Schroeder, she mostly works in the registration aspect of the department. “Right now I’m just working on sports registration,” Schroeder said. “That’s all they’ve really...

Q & A with a social worker: Marlee Nirenstein

Q & A with a social worker: Marlee Nirenstein

Ndunzi Kunsunga and Jacob Stillman
January 5, 2017
Filed under Profiles, Staff Profiles

Q: What does your job as a social worker entail? A: It is really very much a direct service role, meaning that pretty much all we do is see kids. It is a combination of meeting with students one on one, looking at what’s getting in the way of students being successful in school. Trying to a...

Long-term substitute acclimates to new environment

Long-term substitute acclimates to new environment

Dani Orloff
December 11, 2016
Filed under Staff Profiles

When long-term substitute teacher Rebecca Wilson reflects on her temporary position at Park, it is not only a new class she is teaching, but also a new field to be working in. Wilson said she did not get a degree in teaching until last spring. “Teaching is actually my second career. I have an un...

Art teacher shares passion

Art teacher shares passion

Nicole Sanford
December 11, 2016
Filed under Staff Profiles

After hearing great things about Park, new art teacher Erin Foley took the opportunity to teach at the school alongside her husband, Christoph Nordmark. Foley said practical reasons fostered her switch to Park. “My husband is (English teacher) Mr. Nordmark, and I knew there was going to be a...

Q & A with a social worker: Daniel Perez

Q & A with a social worker: Daniel Perez

Jacob Stillman and Ndunzi Kunsunga
December 9, 2016
Filed under Profiles, Staff Profiles

Q: What does your job as a social worker entail? A: I work with all grades, 9-12. My job as a social worker has so many different halves. I get to be a short-term therapist, but also I get to assist kids with safety risks and suicide risks. I also get to help in regard of providing resources whether ...

Junior debater Ben Dodge wins Novice State Tournament

Junior debater Ben Dodge wins Novice State Tournament

Yonah Davis, Alex Balfour, and Navjot Kaur
December 7, 2016
Filed under School clubs and activities, Student Life, Student Profiles

Why do you participate in debate? Just because it's a fun thing to do and I feel like it's a good thing to know how to do. How long have you participated in debate? I've been in debate for almost two months. What is the Novice State Tournament? The Novice State Tournament is for first-...

Miller uses alternative lecture strategies

Miller uses alternative lecture strategies

Deanna Afremov and William Phelan
November 17, 2016
Filed under Profiles

According to history teacher Scott Miller, his passion for history extends beyond the classroom. “I’m a huge World War II buff. Not just military, but also social, and I love reading about it,” Miller said. Miller said on lecture days, he prepares for classes by attempting to find ways to ...

New teacher tells his story

New teacher tells his story

Sydney Hall
November 11, 2016
Filed under Staff Profiles

Chemistry teacher Alexander Polk didn’t always know he wanted to be a teacher — his vocation wasn’t discovered until his sophomore year of college. “I didn’t realize (I wanted to be a teacher) until my sophomore year of college,” Polk said. “I coached my high school football team be...

Freshman celebrates Irish culture, customs

Freshman celebrates Irish culture, customs

Alex Balfour
November 11, 2016
Filed under In the Spotlight

How long have you been Irish dancing? Nine years. How often and where do you practice? I practice at a studio in Edina called Corda Mor. I practice on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and two classes on Saturday and on Sunday. So typically five days a week. Why did you decide to start Irish dancing? I...

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