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The end of high school is just the beginning of a life ahead

The end of high school is just the beginning of a life ahead

Erin Wells

June 13, 2014


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As the bleachers filled up with friends and family, students dressed in gowns and caps waited patiently to receive their diploma, a task many believed to only dream of. The graduation ceremony was on June 10, 2014 at the football field. Assistant principal ScottMeyers said he believes this class ...

Walker library sees the light

Walker library sees the light

David Hope

May 30, 2014


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Uptown spent the past few years library-less, but that has finally changed. Hennepin county completed the renovation of the uptown Walker library at the beginning of May. The new library was built to have more open space and to serve as a community meeting place, according to Lois Lenroot-Ernt, the...

Students take business initiative

Students take business initiative

Isaac Greenwood and Noah Robiner

May 30, 2014


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While many students are forced to seek part-time jobs as a source of income during high school, those in Business Innovations are finding valuable experience in managing and operating their own business models. Business Innovations, an academy course for tenth graders, focuses on the creation and...

State standards prompt change

Sten Johnson

May 30, 2014


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After years of graduating students without the full state requirements set in 2011, a semester of freshman civics will now cover the study of economics. To meet the state requirements that all students take an economics and geography course the social studies department decided to adjust the freshman...

Remembrance brings closure, support

Remembrance brings closure, support

Gabe Bichinho

May 30, 2014


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As four white balloons floated away on May 22, students and staff stood in silence in honor of those who were no longer by their side. Peter Hobart Elementary and community members remembered the two fourth grade students who died as well as the two who were injured in a landslide during a field trip...

Alumni artist comes to Graduation

Sara Tifft

May 30, 2014


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Assistant principal Scott Meyers said this year’s graduation ceremony is planned to happen as usual at 7:30 p.m, June 10 at the football field. The alumni speaker this year is an artist named Malcolm Liepke. According to his biography on rogallery.com, he attended the Art Center College in Los Angeles....

Elections usher in new Student Council

Peter Johnson

May 30, 2014


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Campaign posters lined the walls, precipitating the latest school-wide elections for Student Council May 23. Incoming Student Council co-presidents Shoshi Fischman and Ariella Schwartz contacted every person who applied, informing them whether or not they were elected after the vote. Seventeen...

Contracts updated for some district employees

Contracts updated for some district employees

Brenna Cook

May 30, 2014


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Nearly a year after their previous contracts expired four more groups of district employees settled for the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 school years, according to director of business services Sandy Salin. The School Board approved contracts for the Clerical/Secretarial Association of Park Schools (CAPS),...

Lost school days lead to late exams

Jonah Kupritz

May 2, 2014


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Dangerously low temperatures and heavy snowfall this winter led to seven days of canceled school, prompting teachers and administrators to move students to take the AP exams on later dates, according to AP coordinator Kelsey Milne. Milne said all tests previously planned for May 5 through May 9, with...

Committee creates new rule for hallway

Committee creates new rule for hallway

Shayan Gilbert Burke

April 30, 2014


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School administration implemented a new rule for passes, which disallows students from getting passes for the first and last 15 minutes of class. The new rule, which began April 7, aims to reduce the number of tardies and students in the hallway during class. Before spring break, Principal Joann...

Community feels loss of father, son

Community feels loss of father, son

Ivy Kaplan

April 30, 2014


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Senior Evan McManus and his father Damian were reported missing after hiking at Echo Lake, Colo., on April 6. They have yet to be found after multiple search attempts by local officials. His mother, Katherine McManus, said caring about others was second nature to Evan. “The thing that jumps...

No charges in pool death, changes in policy still possible for the future

No charges in pool death, changes in policy still possible for the future

Gabe Bichinho

April 30, 2014


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While the repercussions of the drowning of a Park seventh-grader two months ago are not yet clear, the results of a recently released police report allow a few conclusions to be made about changes that might happen. The investigation, released by the St. Louis Park police, cites interviews of several wi...

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