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The Echo

The student news site of St. Louis Park High School

The Echo

The student news site of St. Louis Park High School

The Echo

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Senior Thomas Hanson finishes his work in preparation for the end of the semester. Park is planning to not hold block days for finals.

Staff Editorial: Changes to finals necessary

January 19, 2022

With the fast approaching end of semester, students are preparing for their final exams. Although the Echo Editorial Board believes that finals are generally unhelpful in preparing students for finals...

After a winter storm, senior Evan Rosald brushes off a car Dec. 10. According to Superintendent Astein Osei, two extra days will be added to winter break in order to alleviate student and staff stress.

Staff Editorial: Extended winter break valuable for Park

December 15, 2021

For the mental health and physical well-being of all students and staff, the School Board has unanimously made a decision to change winter break to a full two weeks. The previous plan was Park holding...

Senior Paris Lim walks down the hall after school Nov. 3. Students will be asked to leave the building after 3:30.

Staff Editorial: Enforcement of after school time limit unclear

Tenzin Gyaldatsang December 13, 2021

In its latest edition of the 6425 newsletter, an excerpt was released stating that students must exit the building by 3:30 p.m. if they have not reported to a supervised activity. The Echo Editorial Board...

Senior Jada Mclemore speaks during the SOAR facilitated discussion Nov. 9. The discussion was held to discuss the white faculty member who used the N-word.

Staff Editorial: Lack of transparency from administration causes unrest

November 29, 2021

In a marketing class Nov. 4, a white faculty member used the N-word in conversation with two Black students. After an open-mic discussion hosted by Students Organized Against Racism (SOAR) to discuss the...

Senior Paris Lim walks down the hall with a pass Nov. 3. The Echo Editorial Board believes administration should collaborate with students to develop a new policy so they can work in the hallway as needed.

Staff Editorial: Hallway policy deemed unpopular due to new restrictions

November 15, 2021

To encourage students to attend class, administration has created a policy that prohibits students from being in the hallway without a pass during class time. Students cannot work in the hallway during...

Chemistry teacher Alexander Polk looks at Sophomore Bjorn Bleskes progress in class Nov. 3. The student-led conference format will begin the week of Nov. 15.

Staff Editorial: New conferences format sparks conversation

November 3, 2021

For fall conferences this school year, administration has made adjustments to the format. Students will be leading conferences, while being facilitated by Park Connections advisers. This could potentially...

Travelers wait in security lines at Minneapolis-St. Paul airport Oct. 21. With Park students traveling over MEA break, what precautions should the students be taking to ensure safety?

Staff Editorial: MEA break travel requires collective responsibility

October 25, 2021

With MEA break being a vital traveling weekend for many students to visit colleges, Park has given no guidance to traveling students for how they can stop the spread of COVID-19. The Echo Editorial Board...

Sophia Ross presents during Park Connections Oct. 7. The Echo Editorial Board believes that changing the focus of Park Connections will benefit and engage more students.

Staff Editorial: Park Connections called into question

October 10, 2021

The new schedule for the 2021-2022 school year includes a unique period that was added last year to combat issues during distance learning: Park Connections. Although the class proved its worth during...

Student section cheers after a touchdown while wearing the all-orange dress code Sept. 24. Park won its homecoming game against crosstown rival Benilde St. Margaret.

Staff Editorial: Delta variant raises concerns

October 2, 2021

The highly infectious delta variant of COVID-19 has become the new cause for concern in this pandemic — now representing more than 99 percent of cases tracked in the country. Large school events, such...

Staff editorial: Time to wind down restrictions

Staff editorial: Time to wind down restrictions

May 8, 2021

Gov. Walz announced the end of most pandemic restrictions by May 28 — including the mask mandate by July 1. Considering the continuous decline in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths, the Echo...

Students walking through the hallway to get to class on April 9. while COVID-19 cases rise, students feel conflicted going back to 100%.

Staff Editorial: Move to full-capacity forces for normalcy

April 13, 2021

Park returned back to 100 percent capacity April 12. Students will return four days a week, with Wednesdays remaining as a support day where they will only attend connections class. All classes will be...

Art teacher Angela Jacob talks to a student during an asynchronous class Feb. 23. The Echo Editorial Board is in favor of keeping Park’s current schedule and believes switching to a fully synchronous schedule would be unhelpful to students.

Staff Editorial: Adjusting schedule not necessary

March 5, 2021

With students returning to hybrid learning, some students, parents and staff have questioned the current schedule and whether it could be changed. While a change could benefit the people in hybrid a little...

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