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School Board outlines 2020-2021, 2021-2022 schedule

School Board outlines 2020-2021, 2021-2022 schedule

Marta Hill, Isabel Kjaer, and Kaia Myers

February 4, 2020

According to former School Board Chair Nancy Gores, students having Election Day off in 2020 in an effort to preserve safety was possible because of the changing of professional development days. Professional development days that are typically later in the year were moved to Nov. 2 and Nov. 3.  “T...

St. Louis Park implements new amendment

St. Louis Park implements new amendment

Molly Schochet

January 31, 2020

The straw by request amendment was an addition made to the Zero-Waste Packaging Ordinance, according to St. Louis Park solid waste specialist Emily Barker. “We amended our Zero-Waste Packaging Ordinance. We made some other changes but specifically straws had previously not been included and were...

New online system implemented for purchasing parking passes

New online system implemented for purchasing parking passes

Sofie Geretz

January 31, 2020

Park has implemented a new system of purchasing parking passes for the spring semester, replacing in-person transactions to an online alternative. Although there were issues in the beginning, senior Maggie Klein said the office worked hard to help her get her parking pass. “Initially, I was h...

Potential scheduling alterations under discussion

Potential scheduling alterations under discussion

Ruthie Posada

January 30, 2020

As a result of the decision made to change the start time for the 2020-21 school year, Superintendent Astein Osei said the school began to weigh in other logistics, such as changing the high school schedule for the 2021-22 school year. “Right now we're going through a process, really from elementa...

City receives grant to replenish ash tree population

City receives grant to replenish ash tree population

Samantha Klepfer

January 29, 2020

With spring just around the corner, St. Louis Park begins preparations to combat the recent invasion of the emerald ash borer. According to Jim Vaughan, natural resources coordinator for the city of St. Louis Park, a grant recently given to the city by the Department of Natural Resources will help do ...

New city program reaches out to students

Samantha Klepfer

January 28, 2020

As part of her role as Park elections specialist, Cara Luebke said she is running a new civic engagement program to get students more involved in politics. “Last year it was a program called student elections program,” Luebke said. “Now we’re kind of revamping it to be a little bit more focuse...

Superintendent meets with Student Advisory Council

Superintendent meets with Student Advisory Council

Ryan Barnett

January 23, 2020

After attending Superintendent Astein Osei’s District Student Advisory Council meeting Jan. 16, senior Jordyn Turek said she was happy with the outcome of the discussion. “The meeting went really well. We always have a lot to talk about and discuss,” Turek said. “Mr. Osei is really good a...

Rec Center hosts entertainment swap

Rec Center hosts entertainment swap

Jayde Claussen

January 17, 2020

In an effort to promote reuse and waste prevention, the St. Louis Park Rec Center will host an event to exchange entertainment items to give them a new purpose, according to Emily Barker, a solid waste specialist. “It's not first nature for a lot of people (to reuse). It's still easier for people to...

Talmud Torah hosts commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day 

Talmud Torah hosts commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day 

Marta Hill and Talia Lissauer

January 16, 2020

After speaking to families at a Jewish commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, chairman of the Human Rights Commission and senior Amaya Fokuo said she was invited to speak to share her views on youth activism and relate it to Martin Luther King Jr. Day. “I worried for a second to the point w...

Two-hour early release announced for Park schools Jan. 17

Two-hour early release announced for Park schools Jan. 17

Marta Hill

January 16, 2020

According to communications specialist Matt Thomas, students will be released from school two hours early Jan. 17 because of forecasted severe winter weather.  The winter storm is expected to bring five to nine inches of snow from late morning to the evening of Jan. 17, according to the National...

New ordinance alters straw accessibility

New ordinance alters straw accessibility

Sam Swisher

January 15, 2020

After the city’s new straw ordinance went into effect Jan. 1, the city’s solid waste manager Kala Fisher said the ordinance was put in place to reduce the number of straws used in St. Louis Park. “(The ordinance) would both reduce the amount of straws that people have to throw away and it would...

Parking passes for second semester move to online sales

Parking passes  for second semester move to online sales

Kate Schneider

January 10, 2020

When purchasing her parking permit this fall, junior Greta Kulevsky said she felt inconvenienced by the line. However, she looks forward to the possible benefits of online sales. “I had to get up really early just to wait in a long line. If you forget any of the stuff you need, you lose your spot,...

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