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Black History Month performance offers student-led perspective

Black History Month performance offers student-led perspective

Genesis Buckhalton

March 1, 2017


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The lights in the Auditorium turn off and the curtain draws open to students with their fists raised in the air chanting “we will not be hidden,” emphasizing the show’s theme: Hidden History. Senior Suweyda Abdi, one of the student leaders of the show, said it was hard to pull the performance together...

Potential referendum progresses

Potential referendum progresses

Maggie Bahnson, Ethan Brown, and Mimi Fhima

March 1, 2017


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Superintendent Rob Metz said the School Board discussed three different referendums over the course of a year to propose on Election Day regarding district facilities renovations. “The smallest is about $40 million, then (the School Board) looking sort of in the $70 million range and then they’r...

Local Facebook group attempts to bring hope, strength

Local Facebook group attempts to bring hope, strength

Hadeal Rizeq

February 27, 2017


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The day after the presidential election, St. Louis Park Allies founder Susan Niz couldn’t help but feel sympathetic for minority, ethnic and social groups already feeling pressured and criticized in the United States. “The day after the (electoral) votes, I was feeling very disheartened and f...

Teacher wears black in protest

Teacher wears black in protest

Yonah Davis

February 27, 2017


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Following the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as Secretary Of Education, german teacher Shari Fox said she feels appalled. Fox said she worries about the public school system under DeVos. “It feels like the death of the public school system because she has pretty much made it clear that she wants to c...

School competition turns political

School competition turns political

Ethan Brown

February 23, 2017


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“Dopeamine” donned masks of President Donald Trump, with X’s drawn through his eyes, before playing a protest song Feb. 23 at battle of the bands, an event held by Student Council leading up to the Snodaze dance Feb. 25. According to senior Student Council President Megan Aune, “Dopeamine” wo...

District prepares for winter storm

District prepares for winter storm

Grace Farley

February 23, 2017


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After the National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for the Twin Cities area, District Communications Director Sara Thompson addressed Park’s closing and dismissal policies.   “St. Louis Park Public Schools will do our best to make a decision about a late start or school closin...

Echo applications available

Echo applications available

February 23, 2017


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Applications for 2016-2017 Echo staff are available and due Monday, Feb. 27. They are available in C275 and C363. Contact adviser Lori Keekley at [email protected] for additional information.

Highway 169 construction to continue

Highway 169 construction to continue

Nicole Sanford

February 14, 2017


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  Starting in early 2017, the state of Minnesota began construction on Highway 169 in an attempt to repair damaged lanes and ramps. According David Aeikens, head of communications and engagement for the Minnesota Department of Transportation, the construction on Highway 169 covers approximately si...

Park reacts to changing politics

Park reacts to changing politics

Kirby Goodman

February 13, 2017


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When reflecting on the recent political climate, English teacher Julianne Herbert said she feels divisiveness in the school parallels the country as a whole. “I think what’s happened in the classroom is what’s happening all over the country. We are more and more polarized,” Herbert said. “...

Executive order hits home

Executive order hits home

Sam Orloff and Jayne Stevenson

February 11, 2017


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As Freshman Zahra Mohamed thinks about her father’s trip overseas to Djibouti, she and her family worry about his ability to return. “He went back home to see his family and me and my brothers are worried if he can come back or not, so we just don’t know if he’s going to come back,” Moham...

Testing finds no new active or infectious cases

Raphy Gendler and Sam Orloff

February 11, 2017


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Superintendent Rob Metz announced in a Feb. 6 statement that  “no new or suspected cases of active or infectious TB were found" after 166 Park students and staff were tested. When sophomore Hope Cassman found out she was being tested for tuberculosis (TB), she said she felt reassured she would recei...

School board begins superintendent search

School board begins superintendent search

Hadeal Rizeq

February 9, 2017


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During a school board meeting Jan. 23, Superintendent Rob Metz announced the board hired a contractor, School Exec Connect, to begin the superintendent search process. “(School Exec Connect is) going to come to St. Louis Park, and the first thing to try to find out is what superintendent St. Louis Park ...

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