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Embracing 50 shades of red

Lani Abelson, Managing editor

March 20, 2013


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Some kids grapple with stage fright. Others faint at the sight of blood. My Achilles heel occurs at any moment, for any reason. I am crippled by blushing. I’ve always been an easily embarrassed person. For example, when my mom pulls over to ask for directions or to talk to a stranger, I cower in the...

Selling coffee helps teach life skills

Zack Gilbert Burke, Sports editor

March 20, 2013


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Courtesy of the special education department, coffee is now available in the mornings For the past few weeks, sophomore Chris Foley, a few classmates and special education teacher Christine Tvrdik have been coming to school a little earlier than usual to raise funds for the St. Louis Park Emergenc...

Unlocking the key to communication

Emma Weisner, Staff Writer

March 20, 2013


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Academic social media communities can exclude standard-level students   Sophomore Shivbir Singh said he feels like he is missing out on valuable communication. Singh is enrolled in standard-level courses, and like most students in his classes, he does not belong to an academic social media gr...

Park teachers get top grades

Park teachers get top grades

Janet Holmes, Staff Writer

March 15, 2013


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Education Minnesota recognizes excellence in education  The new semester brings praise to those who have been identified by Education Minnesota as being committed to educational greatness. Arika Mareck, a language arts teacher in the non-traditional track and student writing specialist at Park, as ...

Extra security measures implemented in B1 hallway

Extra security measures implemented in B1 hallway

Artis Curiskis, Staff Writer

March 14, 2013


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New desk monitor set to supervise those entering and exiting building The administration has added an additional security post in the B1 hallway between the pool and field house doors. The desk provides Grade Level Coordinator (GLC) Marcy Edgar a place to supervise the potentially vulnerable entrances. ...

Parents, teachers check on students at conferences

Ryan McCanna, Staff Writer

March 14, 2013


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Conferences provide opportunity to recap student progress Since the start of the school year, every Tuesday and Thursday, classes began twenty minutes later in an effort to allocate  teachers more time for meeting regarding student academic performance. The long term results of this initiative will b...

Water bottle filler reaches milestone

Water bottle filler reaches milestone

Noah Betz-Richman, Staff Writer

March 5, 2013


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Student group to consider adding more stations   According to the estimate of the water bottle filling station, over 16,000 water bottles have been saved in the three months since the station’s installation Dec. 4, averaging over 175 bottles saved every day, as of March 6. The station was i...

Band turns to a different kind of playing

Brenna Cook, Staff Writer

March 5, 2013


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POPS centers around video games   Activities like “Tetris,” “Halo” and “Skyrim” have captivated audiences for years, but now they are invading Park’s band classes as well. According to band teacher Steve Schmitz, this year’s POPS concert theme is “POPS the Game.” The musi...

Loss of grant begins debate on funding

Loss of grant begins debate on funding

Artis Curiskis, Staff writer

February 26, 2013


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Programs and personnel could change with altered budget   For some students, the counseling office and math resource room are places to receive help whether it is for understanding math or mental health issues, but this may change next year. The Small Learning Communities grant (SLC), a...

Community service fundraiser to benefit Carly Christenson’s family

Community service fundraiser to benefit Carly Christenson’s family

Suh Koller, Staff writer

February 26, 2013


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Class project to help with hospital bills’ costs by selling ribbons   Though she didn’t know Carly Christenson personally, senior Grace Loeschke said she felt compelled to do her part in aiding Christenson’s family by supporting them after their loss. “(Our group) decided that this pro...

Debate aimed at gun violence

Debate aimed at gun violence

Emma Weisner, Staff writer

February 26, 2013


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Increase in gun crime leads to proposed weapon legislation Senior Timesha Noble’s life was changed last year after she was hit by a stray bullet in a drive-by shooting. “I can’t run anymore, and I have trouble going up and down stairs,” she said. “Before, those were normal things I did ev...

Conference change prompts reactions

Willy Morrow, Managing Editor

February 26, 2013


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Recommendations and support addressed regarding proposed league The potential ending of a conference rivalry with neighboring Benilde-St. Margaret’s and the beginning of a new conference has triggered a varied reception from students, staff, administrators and coaches at Park. The decision to depar...

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