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Roots and Shoots paints wall for Earth Day

Roots and Shoots paints wall for Earth Day

Noah Orloff, Marta Hill, and Emma Leff

April 21, 2019


Filed under School clubs and activities, Showcase

As sophomore Kaylee Quick painted the senior wall, she said her first Roots and Shoots event was a fun way to honor the upcoming Earth Day. “I thought it was a really cool idea as a way to prepare for Earth Day,” Quick said. “I also thought it was a great way to start getting more involved wi...

Yoga club gains popularity

Yoga club gains popularity

Maggie Klaers, Ruthie Posada, and Emily Ziessman

April 20, 2019


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Sophomore Keely Berntsen said yoga club has been a comforting and centering addition to her daily routine. “I like how it’s calming and a good start to the day and it gets me in a good place for the rest of the day,” Berntsen said. “I feel better throughout the day and less stressed.” Yog...

Evening show cancellation frustrates

Evening show cancellation frustrates

Dani Orloff and Noah Orloff

April 18, 2019


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As senior multicultural show host Sabnyyah Bilal fought to maintain the scheduled evening performance, she said she felt disrespected having to constantly stand up for her beliefs. “We weren’t consulted about anything that was happening with Prom and we didn’t know about how Pr...

Band teacher named finalist for teacher of the year award

Band teacher named finalist for teacher of the year award

Maria Perez Barriga, Gabriel Kaplan, and Katie Hardie

April 15, 2019


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After being nominated for teacher of the year and becoming one of only nine finalists, band teacher Steven Schmitz said he felt enthused about the nomination, but cared most about what his students think. “It’s a great honor to be nominated and to have made it this far, it’s been surreal,” ...

Boys’ golf suffers first loss

Boys’ golf suffers first loss

Sofia Seewald, Ruby Stillman, and Ethan Meisler

April 14, 2019


Filed under Showcase, Spring sports

After losing to Robbinsdale Armstrong in the first match of the season, freshman golfer Tommy Tight said he wishes he had played better, but is able to look ahead to the next match. “I don’t think anyone was super happy with how they played yesterday, but our coach said that he liked the way no...

Instagram account made for AP teacher

Instagram account made for AP teacher

Maria Perez-Barriga

April 12, 2019


Filed under School clubs and activities, Showcase

As sophomore Luci Jensen was talking with friends in the hallway, history teacher Jeffrey Cohen approached them and asked one of them to nominate him for a free Norwegian cruise given to teachers. “Cohen showed (the post) to us. I was a little confused at first because I didn’t know what he was...

Baseball wins season opener

Baseball wins season opener

Maddie Schutte and Talia Lissauer

April 10, 2019


Filed under Showcase, Spring sports

According to coach Brian Kelly, A close tie made the game stressful for some players, but the team persevered and went home with a 1-0 win against Bloomington-Jefferson in the first game of the season. “It was zero to zero in the first seven (innings) and we were able to scratch out a run in the...

Natural Helpers hold training session

Natural Helpers hold training session

Noah Orloff, Marta Hill, and Emma Leff

April 6, 2019


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As Park welcomes in the spring weather, Natural Helpers work through training, according to sophomore Natural Helper Ryan Barnett. Barnett said conversations with social workers helped students understand their role as Natural Helpers during their training day. ...

Roots and Shoots presents to School Board regarding climate action

Roots and Shoots presents to School Board regarding climate action

Marta Hill, Emma Leff, and Noah Orloff

March 31, 2019


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After Roots and Shoots presented to the School Board regarding the school district’s involvement with the Climate Action Plan, senior Katie Christiansen, who is the club's leader, said she felt optimistic about the reception within the community. “It felt like we were really in a space to start a conversatio...

High school holds free parent workshops over conferences

High school holds free parent workshops over conferences

Sofia Seewald

March 24, 2019


Filed under Showcase, Student Life

After sitting in on a parenting workshop led by Marc Hertz, the founder of Family Recovery Resource Experts, Park parent Paula Engelking said the session changed her view on certain parenting strategies. “It was helpful. I learned this whole new technique for dealing with my kids,” Engelking said...

Time changes recommended for district

Time changes recommended for district

Noah Orloff and Dani Orloff

March 22, 2019


Filed under News, Showcase

Looking over the two proposals for school start and end times next year, freshman John Lawrence said he feels both choices present favorable options for the high school. “It would be nice to make (start times) a little bit later. I do know that if that happens, school would get out later and some ki...

JSU celebrates Purim

JSU celebrates Purim

Gabriel Kaplan, Katie Hardie, and Maria Perez Barriga

March 21, 2019


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Jewish Student Union president senior Leila Raymond said she attended every annual Purim celebration meeting in the last four years, which the club celebrates by eating a Jewish pastry that symbolizes the villain in the Jewish Purim story. “Today we are making hamantaschen — an amazing pastry that r...

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