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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...

Student, alum nationally honored

Josh Scal, Staff writer

February 26, 2013


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Senior Sami Rahamim and 2009 Park graduate Abby Schanfield attended State of the Union address in Washington, D.C.   According to Politico, a national political news source, 33 million Americans tuned in to watch President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address this January. Senior S...

Class leaders create guidelines

Gabe Bichinho, Staff writer

February 26, 2013


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Oriole Code to provide principles for the student body to follow   Senior Brianna Knight-Fischer, like several of her other classmates in the room with her, could not remember an instance where they participated in creating classroom rules since the time they were in elementary school. ...

Realigning future conference allegiance

Realigning future conference allegiance

Willy Morrow, Managing editor

February 26, 2013


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Potential new athletic league for 2014-2015 are competitively and geographically similar to Park   Just eight years after joining the North Suburban Conference, athletic director Andy Ewald said Park is preparing once again to change conferences in search of stability and more equal competit...

Focusing on ADHD

Focusing on ADHD

Brenna Cook

February 26, 2013


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Rising diagnosis rates and medication abuse among young people shift attention to condition   Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder was first described in 1902, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, researchers continue to highlight it in their work. According to a 201...

Technology to broadcast to new students

Technology to broadcast to new students

Isaac Greenwood, Staff Writer

February 24, 2013


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Budget planning for 2013-2014 includes adding TV monitors across school   Contrary to popular belief, school administrators may now be trying to give students more daily screen time with planned updates for next year. According to Principal Rob Metz, the school receives about $80,000 a year f...

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