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Used with permission from Anna McCallon. Natural Helper Anna McCallon edits a slideshow on March 15. Natural Helpers has put together a presentation for eighth graders to help adjust to high school.

Natural Helpers creates welcoming environment

Katie Nelson March 16, 2021

The first day of high school can be a nerve-wracking experience for any incoming freshman. Natural Helpers is hoping to ease the transition for current eighth-graders.  According to adviser Allison...

Multiple Girls United chapters meet on Zoom together March 7 to hold a panel with guests who came in to talk with students about their jobs. There were a total of seven panelists, ranging from a radio host to a surgeon.

Panel of successful women hold lively discussions

Maria Perez Barriga March 9, 2021

Different Girls United chapters from Hopkins, Wayzata, Minnetonka and Armstrong came together to help prepare a panelist event, according to junior Ella Roether.  “This past year at St. Louis Park...

Engineering teacher Mark Miller teaches his online and in-person class March 4. Miller said he prefers teaching his hybrid students because engineering is a hands-on class and he enjoys seeing his students being able to work in-person.

Engineering class adapts to hybrid learning

Crystal Diaz March 8, 2021

Engineering teacher Mark Miller said while teaching engineering during distance learning, students have had to adapt to an altered class experience. He said teaching through Zoom isn’t the same because...

Street signs and medals are set out by the main office for Park’s DECA State qualifiers Feb. 12. These medals were given to the students who moved on from the District competition.

DECA transitions after Districts

Sam Swisher February 15, 2021

After having 18 members of DECA compete in the District competitions, DECA adviser Abby Lugo said she was impressed at how her students have thrived in the virtual environment.  “The skills my competitors...

Natural Helpers introduced a slideshow during Park Connections, which includes a virtual classroom and other available resources for students to use. The virtual chill room is open to all students at 3:30 p.m every Wednesday on Zoom.

Natural Helpers offers support

Katie Nelson February 8, 2021

After grappling with how to help students during online learning, Natural Helpers went on a hiatus. According to Natural Helpers adviser Allison Luskey, they have struggled the past couple of months to...

Fifth-grader Judah Lissauer and eighth-grader Ari Lissauer sled down a hill on Cedar Lake Jan. 16. Sledding is one of many winter activities students are using to stay entertained during COVID-19.

Winter activities are ‘snow’ joke

Lilly Strathman February 4, 2021

With a layer of snow covering Minnesota, it can be easy to spend the freezing winters confined inside, however, science teacher and assistant Nordic coach Pat Hartman said he encourages outdoor winter...

Seniors Emma Heinzen and Anna Jensen work on a yearbook layout Feb. 1. A select few Echowan editorial staffers have came into the building to work on the yearbook. Otherwise, the yearbook runs virtually.

Echowan works on yearbook virtually

Tenzin Gyaldatsang February 2, 2021

With the ongoing pandemic, many clubs have experienced changes in procedures and protocols. Senior Echowan editor-in-chief Anna Jensen said it has been hard for the staff to interact with each other and...

Used with permission from Sophia Ross. Juniors Koby Davis, Adin Zweigbaum, Emma Amon and seniors Sydney Ring, Sarah McCallon and Lola Ruff attend the DECA State competition March 3, 2020. They competed against 2,200 people for their placements in their individual events. The next competition will be the International Career Development Conference held in Nashville, Tenn.

DECA competes virtually

Sam Swisher January 28, 2021

The stage where awards are distributed is dark and the rooms where judges examine competitors lay empty. This is the reality for DECA members like junior Tashia Johannes, who said her first year of competition...

Photo illustration by Lauren Thon. Yoga is participated from a distance via Zoom Jan. 10.

Yoga club deferred

Sophia Curran-Moore January 11, 2021

Math teacher Bobby Otto started holding weekly yoga instruction for students last February. According to Otto, he held one yoga class online since distance learning began and there were many difficulties. “It’s...

Used with permission from Jodi Schifsky

Fall show switches to online format

Isabel Nathan January 7, 2021

The Park Theatre Program has held live performances for the community for years, but the performances this year will look a little different. This year’s fall show will be streamed online Nov. 8 - Nov....

Used with permission from Clayton Horstman Olson.  The team practices online using simulators to prepare for racing tournaments.

Drone club gifted grant

Isabel Nathan December 18, 2020

Although COVID-19 has interrupted many club activities and meetings, the Park Drone club was recently given a grant that allows them to practice and compete in a new drone racing league. According to senior...

Seeds Feeds’ “Cook With Us” event meets virtually over Zoom Dec. 6. The recipe they made for this event was squash and red lentil curry soup.

Seeds Feeds hosts ‘cook with us’ events

Maria Perez Barriga December 7, 2020

Over the past month, Seeds Feeds has hosted a bi-weekly virtual cooking event. Senior apprentice Zoe Frank said the organization wanted to look for ways to bond with the community and teach people how...

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