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Parking problems pile up with snow

Parking problems pile up with snow

Josh Scal

February 12, 2014


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After senior Mary Pavia heard the school towed her car from the C lot, she saw the era of free parking in the student lot dragged away with her black Ford Fiesta. With the Department of Natural Resources recording snowfall for 31 days already this winter, the weather has taken its toll on daily life...

Contract negotiations may be near end

Contract negotiations may be near end

Brenna Cook

February 12, 2014


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A bout 130 teachers gathered at the School Board meeting Feb. 10, according to head negotiator for the Park Association of Teachers Mike Nordean. “We were there letting the Board know that we’re here and need to be seen,” he said. “This is important to us.” Nordean said the teachers were...

Coming together to support a growing community

Brita Hunegs

February 5, 2014


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Minnesota has the largest number of Somali citizens in the United States, according to the census, prompting many to be interested in what being Somali means. St. Louis Park city leaders are hosting an event, “Meet Your Somali Neighbors” Feb. 6. The goal of this event is to increase the awaren...

Decision made regarding making up cancelled days

Decision made regarding making up cancelled days

Ivy Kaplan

February 5, 2014


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After deliberation over the outcome of the multiple days off due to weather conditions, School Board and district officials decided on a proposal Feb. 4. In order to make up for the lost time, the plan involves cancelling late start and early release days on March 17, April 25 and May 19. Additionall...

Weather conditions prompt additional days off

Weather conditions prompt additional days off

Ivy Kaplan

January 27, 2014


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As cold weather temperatures persisted, Park closed its doors to students and faculty once again to ensure safety from dangerous conditions on Jan. 23, Jan. 27 and Jan. 28. Contrasting the previous days off earlier in January, these closings caused complications, occurring during finals days and using up...

Fund goal reached for Carly’s Dream

Fund goal reached for Carly’s Dream

Artis Curiskis

January 16, 2014


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Blue replaced the traditional orange and black at the girls’ basketball game Jan. 10. Players tied their shoes with light blue laces and the student section wore blue to honor the anniversary of the passing of Carly Christenson. The game included a moment of silence for Christenson, a Park freshman...

Karen Waters begins School Board term

Brenna Cook

January 16, 2014


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For Karen Waters, a new year doesn’t just mean changing the calendar. She’s also starting a new job as the newest member of the School Board. Waters was elected to her first term in the elections last November and was sworn in at the School Board meeting Jan. 13. Incumbents Bruce Richardson and Jim ...

Audio books a new resource for students

Natalie Vig

January 16, 2014


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With certain students struggling to keep up with the literature in his class, English teacher Andy Carlson decided record audio files for his students. “What prompted this was the ninth grade students started reading ‘They Caged the Animals at Night,’” Carlson said. “I had a couple students th...

Metz: Weather cancellations will not impact calendar

Metz: Weather cancellations will not impact calendar

Ivy Kaplan

January 15, 2014


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After many years since Park’s last snow day, students finally received their wish as the district closed schools Jan. 6 and 7 because of extreme winter temperatures. Gov. Mark Dayton announced Jan. 3 all Minnesota public schools would be closed the following Monday, as the state experienced temperatures...

Teachers, district differ on contract details

Teachers, district differ on contract details

Brenna Cook

January 15, 2014


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For the first time since teacher contracts expired last June, representatives from the Park Association of Teachers released a statement while about 70 teachers sat in the audience at the School Board meeting Jan. 13. Negotiators from the Park Association of Teachers (PAT) and the School District...

Freshmen encouraged to stand up for respect

Carolyn Guddal

December 13, 2013


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When freshman Erin Anderson arrived at the Respect Retreat Nov.14, she said she did not expectthe retreat to impact her values and the way she views other students. “I thought we were just going to play games and talk about respecting each other,” Anderson said. “(But) hearing everyone’s stories ...

Establishing a comfortable environment for all

Establishing a comfortable environment for all

Artis Curiskis & Natalie Vig

December 11, 2013


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When Minnesota’s same-sex marriage amendment passed last May, senior Sophie Macklem-Johnson said she immediately saw students rally in support of gay couples, like her parents. “People have been nothing but positive toward my family,” Macklem-Johnson said. “As soon as same-sex marriage was...

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