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Administration creates Somali liaison position

Administration creates Somali liaison position

Brita Hunegs

October 22, 2014


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Minnesota is home to the largest population of Somali’s in the United States according to the 2010 Census. According to Superintendent Rob Metz, the administration felt it needed a new position to help the transition of Somali families. Metz hopes Tarabi Jama  will have an influence over the atm...

PSAT/NMSQT provides more benefits

Amina Mohamud

October 20, 2014


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Unlike the ACT, the PSAT/NMSQT is made to see what you know and to check the normal body of knowledge a junior would have. It gives students many benefits from scholarships to just experiencing a standardized test. Costing $20, the Preliminary SAT/ National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT),...

New year brings new ninth grade curriculum

New year brings new ninth grade curriculum

Jamie Halper

October 13, 2014


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For as long as most Park students can remember, a full year of civics has been the standard for ninth graders. But, starting this year, the program will undergo a big change to help students fulfill the state social studies credit requirements. According to the Social Studies Department head, Carley...

Schoology to replace Moodle

Schoology to replace Moodle

Polina Pekurovsky

October 6, 2014


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When junior Jack Red-dan logged onto his Schoology account, he expected a complicated site that would be hard to navigate. In- stead, he said he found the site offered many new features that were simple and accessible. “I like it a lot better than Moodle because I could never navigate [it],” Red...

Investing in Innovations i3 grant to look very different in upcoming year

Investing in Innovations i3 grant to look very different in upcoming year

Noah Robiner

October 6, 2014


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When senior Sagal Abdirahman had a paper to write, she would walk into the writing center and get one-on-one help. With the i3 grant changes, that support is no longer an option for her. “Anytime I had a paper due I would visit the writing center,” Abdirahman said. “It’s pretty frustrating no...

New vending machines aimed at healthy eating

New vending machines aimed at healthy eating

Emily Tifft

September 27, 2014


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Junior Selina Hampton went to the vending machines to buy a pack of two Pop-Tarts. But to her surprise, the only option was one whole grain Pop-Tart for $1 instead of two for $1.25. The district is making an attempt at encouraging students to eat healthier because of new 2014 guidelines. One step...

Home and auto thefts lead to crime alert

Home and auto thefts lead to crime alert

Allison Cramer

September 26, 2014


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On Aug. 7, the city of St. Louis Park issued a crime alert due to the increasing number of auto, home and garage burglaries. The crimes typically occur overnight and involve a thief or thieves breaking into cars or houses to steal valuables and electronics. Senior Jack Delaney experienced one of...

Echo named Pacemaker finalist

Echo named Pacemaker finalist

Sara Tifft

September 26, 2014


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For the fourth time in seven years, the Echo newspaper is a Pacemaker finalist, an honor given to student publications by the National Scholastic Press Association. In addition to the Pacemaker finalist award as a whole, Carolyn Guddal and Carter Green received individual nominations for design of...

Prices rise for parking passes

Prices rise for parking passes

Sari Hattis

September 26, 2014


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With the closing of the long lot for availability of student parking and fluctuating pass prices in the past few years, students who drive to school may not be clear on general information about parking. In the 2012-2013 school year, passes were forty-five dollars a quarter, while last year the cost...

Guy Health offers sexual health services

Guy Health offers sexual health services

Sara Tifft

September 26, 2014


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A teen clinic called myHealth, located in Hopkins, recently redirected more of it’s attention toward it’s male clients in order to better service them. Clinic Nurse & Site Coordinator Amanda Smalling said myHealth is a clinic available to girls and boys ages 12-23. “Most people come in...

Staying on track for college

Shoshi Leviton

September 25, 2014


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The college application process can appear to be daunting, but resources at Park are here to help with the process and keep students on track. Although it is only the beginning of the school year, students should have begun the college application process and completed or finishing up standardized...

Environmental group suing Met Council over light rail

Environmental group suing Met Council over light rail

Hannah Bernstein

September 23, 2014


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The Lakes and Parks Alliance of Minneapolis, an organization founded to protect the Kenilworth corridor, is suing the Metropolitan Council and the Federal Transit Administration for the violation of environmental regulations. The Metropolitan Council and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) are...

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