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Event hosted to honor outgoing superintendent

Event hosted to honor outgoing superintendent

Emma Kempf

May 19, 2017


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Community members gathered to attend Rob Metz’s retirement reception on Thursday, May 18 at the Doubletree Hotel, commemorating his 19 year career in the district. District communications director Sara Thompson said the community turnout helped to provide a celebratory atmosphere.  “Rob Metz ...

Echowan prepares for yearbook distribution

Echowan prepares for yearbook distribution

Izzy Leviton and Samyu Yenamandra

May 19, 2017


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According to senior editor-in-chief Talia Simonett, after a long year of working on putting together the yearbook, the Echowan staff are excited to share their final product with the rest of the school. Simonett said yearbook distribution day will be on May 22 and 23 in the auditorium foyer. “This day ...

Graduation to be held May 25

Graduation to be held May 25

Isabelle Becker

May 18, 2017


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According to Kiki Christensen, assistant principal Kari Schwietering's secretary, graduation will be held 7:30 p.m. May 25 and seating outdoors is open to anyone. “(Graduation is) at the football field here at 7:30 and if it rains, it will be held indoors,” Christensen said. Christensen sa...

Bridgewater housing proposal denied by City Council

Bridgewater housing proposal denied by City Council

Alex Balfour

May 18, 2017


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According to St. Louis Park planning supervisor Sean Walther, the City Council denied a proposal to construct a building on the northeast corner of Excelsior Boulevard and Monterey Drive at a meeting April 17. Sophomore Aidan Henry, who lives near Excelsior and Grand, said he heard opposition from his ...

Academic Awards Night celebrates ‘dedicated’ students

Academic Awards Night celebrates ‘dedicated’ students

Samyu Yenamandra

May 17, 2017


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Every May, Park honors its dedicated students at its annual Academic Awards Night, a ceremony recognizing the outstanding students at the school, according to Gifted and Talented adviser and English teacher Mary Norris. “What I absolutely love about (the night) is the kids who have worked so har...

Friends, community prepare for Metz farewell reception

Friends, community prepare for Metz farewell reception

Raphy Gendler

May 17, 2017


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Friends, community leaders and district staff will gather to celebrate Superintendent Rob Metz’s 19 year St. Louis Park Public Schools career at his retirement reception May 18. Metz’s retirement reception will take place at the Park Place DoubleTree hotel, according to district communications...

School Board names incoming superintendent

Ethan Brown

May 11, 2017


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Astein Osei was named as St. Louis Park Schools' next superintendent May 10, according to School Board chair Jim Yarosh. The decision marks the end of a search to replace outgoing superintendent Rob Metz. Osei, currently the assistant superintendent at Osseo Public Schools, was chosen from three...

Thomas Friedman returns to Park

Thomas Friedman returns to Park

Mimi Fhima and Kirby Goodman

May 9, 2017


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When reflecting on visits to his hometown, distinguished Park alumnus and New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman said the trips aided him in writing his latest book “Thank You For Being Late.” “I really, emotionally, just wanted to come home because all of the other things I’ve been working o...

Summertime renovations planned for high school

Summertime renovations planned for high school

Marta Hill

May 5, 2017


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  Junior Ryan Lee said when he thinks about renovation plans for Park, he feels they will benefit the school.   “I think to be honest the renovations that are happening right now seem pretty common sense,” Lee said. “I feel like they are good decisions.” According to Assis...

Q & A: Thomas Friedman reflects on community experiences

Q & A: Thomas Friedman reflects on community experiences

Mimi Fhima and Kirby Goodman

May 3, 2017


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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman spoke at a charity event raising funds to build a permanent history center in St. Louis Park April 30. After the event, Echo staffers interviewed Friedman regarding his connections to Park as a distinguished alumnus. Q: ...

School Board narrows superintendent candidates

School Board narrows superintendent candidates

Ethan Brown, Maggie Bahnson, and Mimi Fhima

May 2, 2017


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The School Board has narrowed its selection of St. Louis Park Public Schools superintendent candidates to six finalists, according to the district's website and School Board chair Jim Yarosh. According to the same post, a first round of interviews will take place at 5:30 p.m. on May 3 and 4 in room C350 at Park. "Interviews will be held b...

Temple strives to include community

Temple strives to include community

Jenna Cook

May 2, 2017


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Upon entering Wat Thai, St. Louis Park’s new Buddhist temple, temple visitor Christine Laube said guests were greeted with a floral necklace and the smell of Thai street food. According to temple treasurer Wasda Schneider, Wat Thai Buddhist temple aimed to create a welcoming environment for Park ...

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