The student news site of St. Louis Park High School

The Echo

The student news site of St. Louis Park High School

The Echo

The student news site of St. Louis Park High School

The Echo

Students in the Non-Traditional Academy work to collaborate on group projects as a part of their curriculum May 25. The NTA program at Park has brought new opportunities for learning to students who seek a more hands-on experience.

Spotlight on the Non-Traditional classroom setting

Lilly Fandel-Thompson and Jana Faust May 29, 2023

The Non-Traditional Academy (NTA) is an innovative approach to classroom structure at Park. The teachers and students in the program work each day to foster a more hands-on learning experience so students...

Construction has recently taken over the St. Louis Park High school. Park is getting rid of books for renovation.

Construction will begin soon at Park

Roberto Alvarez May 28, 2023

Park has started the process of construction on classrooms and certain parts of the school, including the cafeteria and the Media Center.  This summer, a number of classrooms will be seeing remodels...

Senior Ben Duncan gets ready for his senior speech for graduation may 26th. Graduation will be held June 6.

Seniors celebrate years of work

Lilly Fandel-Thompson May 26, 2023

The class of ‘23 is wrapping up their senior year and preparing for the biggest celebration of their academic year: their graduation ceremony.  Principal LaNisha Paddock said the involvement of students...

The infographic above shows how conversion therapy affects LGBTQ+ members. Conversion therapy is a practice banned in over 21 states.

Bill HF16 bans conversion therapy in Minnesota

Anya Panday May 23, 2023

Governor Tim Walz’s Executive Order 21-25 was signed, with the goal of protecting Minnesotan’s from conversion therapy on July 15, 2021. The order defined conversion therapy as "any practice by a mental...

Photo illustration by Jacob Perszyk

The privilege to pee

Maren Wilsey and Johanna Kaplan May 15, 2023

Recently, Park has seen a number of bathroom closures throughout the school.  Administration clarified that the C3 boys’ bathroom has been closed for maintenance, and they lack staff to monitor women's...

Superintendent Astein Osei at school board meeting April 25. The school board is planning the budget for upcoming 2023-2024 school year.

Under the surface of budget cuts

Abby Keller and Modesty Manion April 27, 2023

While still in recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, Park, like many other school districts in the state, is facing budget cuts.  Even as the state legislature moves to increase funding for schools,...

Sophomore students sit in health class. The Florida bills prohibit discussions of LGBT identity in schools.

Reactions to ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bills

Sarah Kluckhohn April 21, 2023

In Florida and other southern states, there are a number of so-called “Don’t Say Gay” bills floating around local legislature. These bills restrict the right of teachers to discuss LGBT history and...

Senior Axel Abrahamson at a student council meeting on March 22. Park plans to make an enrollment fee for clubs in the upcoming year.

Pay to participate

Crystal Diaz and Aidan Shafton April 11, 2023

With the recent budget cuts Park has made, Park’s Finance Advisory Committee is advising the School Board to enforce a $25 fee for participation in clubs in the 2023–24 school year.  Members of...

Willow Project has been approved

Willow Project has been approved

Anisa Kahin April 7, 2023

After promises from the Biden Administration on cutting carbon emissions in half by 2030, the Willow Project — an oil drilling project on the northern slope of Alaska that has a 30-year span — was...

Students wait in line to pay for lunch March 23. Starting this fall, the lunchbox tax cut law will come into effect, making school breakfasts and lunches free of charge.

Breakfast and lunch: a no-cost munch

Alex Geretz March 27, 2023

Starting next school year, every student will be able to get breakfast and lunch meals at Park completely free of charge. Governor Tim Walz passed into law the proposed “lunchbox tax cut” bill that...

The student parking lot at Park is in disarray due to excessive snowfall and ice on March 20. Students are having a difficult time entering and exiting the parking lot.

Slippery slope for parking

Jamar Hester Jr and Cole Denham March 27, 2023

Due to recent winter storms, many students said they reported issues with parking. As the lot has been filling up quicker, they said they resorted to parking on the streets. Sophomore Ryan Moran said that...

Language arts teacher Callie Hefsted prepares for the new CIS Writing Studio class March 21. The course will be available for juniors starting fall 2023.

New college-level course at Park

John Hunter March 22, 2023

CIS (College in the Schools) Writing Studio is a new course coming to Park in the fall of 2023. The class has been available at 25 schools across the state ever since it was first offered at the University...

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