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German teacher hosts roller skating party

German teacher hosts roller skating party

Maria Perez Barriga and Jayde Claussen

February 5, 2020

German teacher Shari Fox said she wanted to celebrate and display diverse cultures for kids at the roller skating event Jan. 30 by playing international music. “The event was about introducing fifth-grade kids to the idea that there are different languages out there that they can learn,” Fox sa...

Nordic skiers put to work at Theodore Wirth Park Trailhead

Nordic skiers put to work at Theodore Wirth Park Trailhead

Sofia Seewald

February 4, 2020

With the Nordic team practicing daily at Theodore Wirth Park Trailhead, sophomore Ryan Fitzpatrick said he decided to spend a few extra hours at the tubing hill to make some money. “Since I’m on the Nordic skiing team, I’m there every single day. It’s an easy commute,” Fitzpatrick said. ...

IB History celebrates student without tardies for 50 days

IB History celebrates student without tardies for 50 days

Samantha Klepfer

February 3, 2020

As senior Patrick Djerf sat in his IB History HL class eating pizza, he acknowledged that despite the 50 days he spent making sure he got to class on time, his perfect record broke shortly after the challenge ended. “I think I'm better at (being on time), even now that the 50 days have ended,...

Theater stays positive in the face of loss

Abigail Prestholdt, Writer

February 3, 2020

Theater performed their one-act “Love/Sick” at Sections, placing fourth overall against other schools in Minnesota. Theater director Jodi Schifsky said the performance was well done and although the theater team did not do as well as they hoped, they still took advantage of the experience. ...

ACE prepares for March presentation

ACE prepares for March presentation

Gabriel Kaplan and Noah Orloff

February 3, 2020

After only a few months in Architecture Construction and Engineering, freshman Isaac Cantor said the club allows him to feel as if he is a part of the group because they allocate parts of their work to small groups.  “It’s a team process,” Cantor said. “We go in little groups of two and t...

Summer program designed to develop students in the workforce

Summer program designed to develop students in the workforce

Isra Mohamed

February 3, 2020

As summer approaches, many students who live in the Minneapolis area are looking forward to getting jobs from Step Up, a summer program designed to get students in the workforce. According to Step Up youth coordinator Theresa Stets, Step up’s main goal is to build strong, skilled workers. “Step ...

Choir teacher announced as a candidate for teacher of the year

Choir teacher announced as a candidate for teacher of the year

Gabriel Kaplan and Noah Orloff

February 3, 2020

Choir teacher John Myszkowski said he was overjoyed upon hearing of his nomination for the Minnesota Teacher of the Year Award and feels incredibly grateful to Park for giving him the opportunity to succeed. “I'm very moved and touched by the outpouring of people that have said congratulations,”...

SLP Mind creates safe space for students

SLP Mind creates safe space for students

Maddie Schutte

January 30, 2020

Noticing the stigma around mental health in society, junior Emma Heinzen said she felt passionate about starting a club that provides a space for students to connect and act on mental health issues.  “I feel like a lot of people think that they're alone in dealing with (mental health), but everyone...

Staff surprise students with dress codes

Staff surprise students with dress codes

Claire Bargman and Gabriel Kaplan

January 30, 2020

Using her time working in Arizona as inspiration, assistant principal Jessica Busse said she wanted to create staff dress codes to have some fun and energize students for the second semester. “We needed something to do that was fun,” Busse said. “It was actually something that a group of teach...

Wildlife photography changes perspective

Wildlife photography changes perspective

Noah Orloff

January 29, 2020

I take a silent deep breath as I look into my viewfinder — I am in the presence of a great horned owl, an apex predator that just landed on a perch in front of me. The adrenaline rush that proceeds, is characteristic of almost all of my wildlife encounters. For as long as I can remember, I have ...

NTA changes mentality

NTA changes mentality

Tennam Gyaldatsang

January 22, 2020

According to Non-Traditional Academy advisor Joe Weber, NTA is designed to be a student-centered class. “We go into things with great depth and we run with a very dialogic space. There's not a lot of lecturing,” Weber said. “Students in NTA need to put in all the work and teachers don't give...

Collaboration leads to success

Collaboration leads to success

Tennam Gyaldatsang

January 22, 2020

According to advisor Taylor Williams, the Special Education Department has been studying for finals.  “In history, we are doing a World War 1 unit, in chemistry, we are doing an atoms unit,” Williams said. “In both classes, we are just preparing for our finals.” Senior Ryan Erickson said ...

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