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Park History Day 2017 competition results

Park History Day 2017 competition results

February 2, 2017


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Below are the results from the 2017 St. Louis Park High School National History Day competition held on Feb. 1 in the media center. Individual Websites: Amanuel Abebe - Muhammad Ali Stands Against the Vietnam War Group Websites: Raphy Gendler, Jared Zirkes and Noah Smith - Curt Flood ...

Students react to lack of parking passes

Students react to lack of parking passes

Sophie Yarosh

February 1, 2017


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Senior Sam Baer said she didn’t believe her friends that parking passes were sold out, so she was surprised when she walked into the Student Office and learned there weren’t any left. Baer said she was upset about not being able to purchase a parking pass, but said she understands she waited t...

Administration extends no-pass policy

Administration extends no-pass policy

Annabella Strathman

January 30, 2017


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Administration extended its no-pass policy another week, after its introduction at the beginning of second semester, according to assistant principal Kari Schwietering. Schwietering said the policy idea, which originally was going to last for the first week of the semester, came about from talking t...

County to test 150 students, 16 staff members for tuberculosis

Raphy Gendler and Adah Koivula

January 25, 2017


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Update Feb. 6: In a statement today, Superintendent Rob Metz announced testing was successful and "no new or suspected cases of active or infectious TB were found at the school." Metz also said the Hennepin County health department will use its follow-up protocols as a precaution.  Individuals who ...

Second semester brings modified unexcused tardy practice

Adah Koivula and Jayne Stevenson

January 25, 2017


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With the start of the new semester, assistant principal Kari Schwietering announced changes in Park's attendance and tardy system. In a Jan. 23 announcement, Schwietering said while previously students received an unexcused tardy for arriving to class up to 10 minutes late without a pass and an unexcu...

Human rights officer information posted in student office

Human rights officer information posted in student office

Raphy Gendler

January 24, 2017


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After an Echo investigation found administration had violated policy, including the failure to post the name and information of a human rights officer, Echo reporters found a poster in the student office with the human rights officer’s name and contact information Jan. 23, the first school day of second semester. District hu...

Echo receives national honors

January 24, 2017


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The Echo staff recently was recognized with multiple prestigious awards. The Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) awarded The Echo with a Hybrid Gold Crown in 2016, and the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) recognized The Echo as a 2016 National Newspaper Pacemaker Finalist for the four...

Speed of Guest Wi-Fi network limited by design

Dani Orloff

January 22, 2017


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The speed of the Guest Wi-Fi was constructed to be restricted, according to district information services director Tom Marble. “Speed of connections are different depending upon how you are connecting,” Marble said. “The Guest Wi-Fi network is limited in speed by design, as it does not requ...

Echo files suit against district

Echo files suit against district

January 19, 2017


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Updated Jan. 20: The PDF of Echo's complaint has been updated to reflect a change in how the plaintiff is listed. Echo filed a suit against the St. Louis Park school district Jan. 18, alleging the district failed to comply with the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act in withholding security footage from ...

District looks into new lunch program

District looks into new lunch program

Sumaya Mohamed and D'aviyan Robinson

January 17, 2017


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When junior Ella Trotter walks into the lunchroom, she hopes the school will provide better food options. “Instead of having processed and healthier foods, you should just have real foods. Get real stuff,” Trotter said. Superintendent Rob Metz said plans are underway to implement a lunch program s...

City Council approves ideas for design for Nature Center building

City Council approves ideas for design for Nature Center building

Deanna Afremov

January 11, 2017


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According to Recreation Superintendent Jason West, construction designs for a new Nature Center building are underway. “Currently the City Council has approved for staff to begin preliminary design for the construction of a new Nature Center building. This is just the one of the very first steps t...

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