The Echo

Pool should be open for student use

Keeping the pool open allows students to learn skills they might not learn otherwise.

October 23, 2014

The tragic death of seventh grader Abdullahi Charif, which occurred at the Middle School swimming pool last February, leaves many questioning whether or not the swimming instruction should exist. However, closing the pool is not the solution. Creating a better organized and efficient swimming program...

Teach, don’t force healthy habits

The school and students need to make more of an effort to have healthier food options at school.

October 6, 2014

Only two grams of sugar separate a Trix cereal bar from a Snickers candy bar. Yet, the first falls under the category of “healthful food” and the second falls under “junk food.” White flour and refined sugars still line the vending machines in the cafeteria. Just in different forms. New packaging...

Administration should strive for clarity

Students, teachers and the administration all must make an effort            to understand school policy changes in order to have a successful year.

September 27, 2014

Although teachers often start  the school year by briefly covering the syllabus and reviewing the student handbook, there is a difference between knowing and understanding school policy. Students can’t follow the rules if they don’t understand them. When the administration makes changes to policies,...

Smaller sports require more supporters

Smaller sports require more supporters

May 29, 2014

While some athletes are supported by hundreds of fans, others face matches without the spirit of a crowd that makes a showdown special. Teams such as synchronized swimming, which won sections for 19 years in a row often only have the support of parents or good friends of athletes. While these crowds...

Park responds with strength to tragedy

April 30, 2014

After the McManus tragedy, the community’s actions defined the true meaning of SLP Strong. The incredible amount of support, love and dedication displayed by teachers, counselors and students shows strength in coping with adversity. To show support for the McManus family, residents throughout St....

Letter to the Editor

March 26, 2014

After reading the article about pornography addiction in the latest issue of the Echo, I decided to look deeper into issue. The story depicted porn as physiologically addictive; a notion that, according to my research, is far from universally accepted in the scientific community. A 2014 study conducted...

Our Perspective | Roots and Shoots creates positive change for Park

March 26, 2014

Recycling efforts by the Roots and Shoots Club in the lunch room finally brings Park up to speed in their effort to help the environment. Until last week, the school did close to nothing to minimize the waste generated by students. Non-recyclable styrofoam trays are used regularly in the lunchroom,...

Our Perspective | New club policy creates difficulty

March 5, 2014

Creating a club should serve as a learning opportunity in which students can pursue a passion while gaining responsibility and learning to manage time and resources. Unfortunately, the new application process may result in just the opposite. The implementation of the new policy handbook regarding...

Our Perspective | Parking requires greater responsibility

Our Perspective | Parking requires greater responsibility

February 12, 2014

When students turn into the school parking lot in the morning, finding a place to park shouldn’t be their greatest concern. In accordance with a decision made earlier this year,  students now must park in the C lot instead of the long lot, but the snow left in the lot during winter draws attention...

Our Perspective | Carly’s Dream exemplifies positive thinking

Our Perspective | Carly’s Dream exemplifies positive thinking

January 16, 2014

In remembrance of freshman Carly Christenson’s death last year, her parents’ friends banded together and created the Carly’s Dream fund to maintain her legacy among and beyond the community. According to the Carly’s Dream website, Christenson hoped to study for a nursing degree at the University...

Our Perspective | Student survey shows promising results

Our Perspective | Student survey shows promising results

December 11, 2013

Last summer’s legalization of gay marriage in Minnesota was an important event many students feel passionate about. While students may feel gay rights is a non-issue, work still needs to be done. A survey of 292 students recently conducted in some English classrooms by the Echo shows 93 percent...

Our Perspective | Underage drinking needs to be addressed

Our Perspective | Underage drinking needs to be addressed

October 23, 2013

Many adults frequently caution teenagers against the dangers of driving while drunk, but fail to address the core issue of teenage alcoholism. According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, the number of teenagers who drink and drive dropped by 54 percent between 1991 and 2011,...

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