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The Echo

History teacher Emma Engebretson grades homework Oct. 23. Park instituted an 80/20 grading model that makes summative assignments worth 80% of students’ grades.

Reactions to new grading policies split 50/50

Aidan Shafton and Alicia Mainjeni October 27, 2023

Park implemented a series of school-wide grading practices at the start of the 2023–24 school year to more consistently track academic progress. Students and staff said they are experiencing the effects...

Photo illustration by Alex Geretz

GPT vs. GPA

Maren Wilsey, Alex Geretz, and Eliah Fink April 13, 2023

A recent surge in the use of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies in schoolwork came with the public release of ChatGPT, OpenAI’s flagship chatbot capable of writing nearly anything a user prompts...

Photo Illustration

The CROWN Act: embracing hair-itage

Maren Wilsey and Anya Panday March 5, 2023

On Feb. 1, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz signed a law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of hair textures or styles. By adding Minnesota to an expanding list of states passing laws, commonly known...

Sophomore Cam Stachovich grading papers for Ms Emma. Grades have been historically low, since students have been struggling with their mental health.

A for advocacy

Ivan Zank, Anna Williams, and Modesty Manion January 24, 2023

For students, the grades they receive can be a measure of success — idolized as a stepping stone for the future. Marks received in class provide a scale for knowledge on a subject, though it is less...

Junior Eliana Montero-Ward looks at the PSAT website. PSAT scores have dropped in Minnesota as a result of COVID-19.

Classrooms readjust post-COVID

Anya Panday and Crystal Diaz November 28, 2022

As the pandemic spiked in 2020, schools were forced to pack up and shift to online learning. With a return to in-person learning, Minnesota has seen record-low test scores since COVID-19 began. The pandemic...

Senior Mikal Andrews checks back into building after lunch break on Oct. 17. Students are now required to check into the office after leaving school.

Is school safe – or is that not the case?

In an effort to prevent incidents and enforce student attendance, Park has implemented stricter rules regarding security. These include an emphasis on hall passes, only using door one for entry and exit...

Eco-anxiety looms over Earth Day

Eco-anxiety looms over Earth Day

Earth Day, celebrated on April 22, is a global recognition of our planet. Although this is often portrayed as a joyful holiday, for many people it sparks concern for the state of the Earth. Mental health...

Student-made mural displayed in the C1 hallway March 16.  Mural by Ora Raymond.

The art of being creative

Tobias Khabie and Lily Nugteren March 23, 2022

For those who have trouble conventionally conveying their thoughts and feelings, art has become an increasingly popular form of self-expression. Whether it be through drawing, painting, sculpting or other...

Students hold up sign in support of a safe community. Walkout was held from 6th hour until the end of the school day.

Student empowerment brings attention to social change

Elena Ortiz-Fishman, Katie Nelson, and Lily Nugteren January 12, 2022

From student-led walkouts to open discussion forums, activism at Park has become more prevalent. With several important issues arising and becoming prominent, students are raising their voices to fight...

Three available resources to help create community

Three available resources to help create community

Johanna Kaplan, Aisha Hersi, and Molly Schochet November 15, 2021

Having the correct resources can help students exponentially when they enter school every day.  At Park there are many clubs that can help benefit students' basic needs including food, clothing and a...

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